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Personalized Memorial Gifts

Recognizing the pain of loss

A personalized memorial gift offers a special wish of sympathy and support that speaks directly to the situation. You can have almost any gift personalized with engraving or monogramming, but there are specific gifts that are designed to make a personal statement. You can personalize the gift to the bereaved by including messages of support and acknowledging the relationship they've lost, or by noting names, dates and relationships.

Do it Yourself

Some of the best personalized gifts are homemade. There are a number of different ways you can make an elegant and customized memorial gift:

  1. Scrapbooking: If you're close to the family of the deceased then you might have access to some important and cherished memorabilia. Take advantage of this and collect some together into a scrapbook. Scrapbooking has become quite popular in recent years because it offers the chance to compile memories with creativity and personalization. Rather than just giving a picture in a frame, you can artistically shape your pages to reflect the different times that the bereaved and the deceased spent together. If a close family member was lost, perhaps you'll want to put together a family scrapbook that details all the different relationships that existed because of the decedent.

  2. Memory Chest: Similar to scrapbooking, putting together a memory chest is a great way to compile memories into a creative presentation. A memory chest allows you to put a variety of different mementoes into one space, where you might be more limited with a scrapbook. A memory chest can be large or small, and can include things like favorite books, personal effects and photos. It can even have a picture frame as a top.

  3. Favors: Sometimes the gift of time or assistance is more valuable than anything else you can give. Time spent funeral planning (or the time shortly after a death) always chaotic and busy, and the bereaved might be hesitant to ask for help from others who are also mourning. Save them the stress of asking for help by simply offering it. Don't forget to be specific, because they might not know what they need help with in this difficult time. Offer your services and a time when you can help. For example, if you suggest that you'll be able to baby-sit on Thursday night or cook dinner on Tuesday, the offer is more apt to be accepted than a general 'let me know if you need anything.' Any offer of time and help will likely go along way toward comforting the bereaved.
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