Christmas can be especially hard, when someone you love is no longer here to celebrate. Here are 11 lovely ways to includes someone’s memory as a special part of how you mark Christmas, or to let someone know you are thinking about their loved one.
Memorial Christmas baubles
From Christmas in Heaven themed angel decorations, to baubles that open for you to place a special message or prayer inside, memorial baubles are a way of including the memory of someone in the tradition of many Christmases to come. Home-made tributes can be a special touch, with the Christmas tree decked in someone’s name.
Your loved one’s corniest jokes could bring back warm memories around the table this Christmas. Include them in home made crackers, or write down their favourite jokes and sayings and put them in a hat...with everyone around the table taking turns to pull one out and read it aloud.
A place at the table
Some people set a place at the table for someone who is missed, while a donation to a food bank in someone’s name could also be a thoughtful way to remember them by at Christmas.
A memory cushion
A personalised cushion on a favourite chair is a lovely way to way to mark someone’s place at a family Christmas.For a truly personalised touch, a favourite garment could be upcycled into a memory cushion to cuddle.
A memorial rose
There are lots of lovely remembrance roses you can buy and gift in someone’s memory. Some growers also offer exclusive roses that can be named after someone special. Although they will not bloom until summer, winter is the best time to plant roses.
Include their name on a card
If you’re sending a Christmas card to someone who has been bereaved, it’s thoughtful to acknowledge how you’ll also be thinking about the person who has died. Don’t be afraid to include … and thinking of... on a card you post to them this Christmas.
Buy a badge
This heart shaped badge has been designed for bereaved parents and other family members to wear in memory of a child who has died. Part of a campaign called Our Missing Peace, it’s an outward symbol of loss for those who would like to talk about, and hear, memories of their child in conversation.
More than words
A loved one’s voice could be a part of a special remembrance gift for someone at Christmas. If you have a recording of them speaking or singing, a talking teddy bear is one heartwarming option to consider.
Put their name to a place
Beauty spots, woodlands and even seaside piers are among other places where you can establish a legacy in a loved one’s name and mark it with a plaque. A thoughtful gift idea for someone who has been bereaved, or a way to dedicate a special place and make a walk there part of your Christmas tradition.
Upcycle something they used to wear
Turn a well-loved shirt or a special garment into something to cuddle and keep – from a traditional quilt to a memory bear. There are many sewing patterns to be found online that could make a thoughtful Christmas present.
Light a candle
A simple yet meaningful act, lighting a candle for someone that you love and miss is a poignant symbol at any time of year, reflecting how someone’s memory lives on.