After the passing of a loved one, there is an immediate outflowing of sympathy and loving thoughts. These condolences can be very important to those who have suffered the loss, but grief is a long term problem for the people who are left after a loved one passes away.
There is little that can heal these wounds except time, but there are things you can do to comfort your friends and family after they lose a loved one. This takes a bit more thought and a longer term commitment, but offering this type of support can bring real relief to those who are grieving.
Finding ways to remind people of the good times and the love of those who have passed away is another way to help people heal from their loss, and this is the type of gift that can be given after the initial wave of support has passed.
What type of things are suitable gifts? Personal touches can be very important – a picture album is an excellent reminder of the good times people have shared with those they lost, or DVD’s of moments captured on video tape.
Memorial picture books and DVD’s can be extremely personal, and today they are possible in a way that was not before with on demand, high definition full color printing. They can also be great ways to keep a loved one fresh in the memories of those left behind, especially children and grandchildren who may not have known their parent or grandparent, or even brother or sister very well.
But these gifts can be impractical if you do not have access to photos or videos, or if there simply aren’t many to choose from. Sometimes a single framed photograph can be almost as powerful, or custom made artwork such as a painting or a well-executed sketch.
If pictures are scarce, finding a good picture book of the things that the lost loved one enjoyed can also be very fulfilling, such as favorite pets, or photo books of flowers or trains or perhaps favorite parts of the country, like the Blue Ridge mountains or beaches.
The idea is to bring the good memories to surface whenever the person sees or hears your gift – this helps to banish the harsh feelings of grief and loss that are inevitable when a loved one passes away.
Plaques and keepsake boxes are another way to bring a good reminder of those we have lost, and can be inscribed with a meaningful poem or bible verse, or a favorite poem or saying of the loved one who has passed away. Such gifts are gentle reminders of the people that we love yet, and a way to bring the good memories to surface while leaving the grief behind.
Another excellent gift, especially for people who love to be outdoors, is a single or set of wind chimes. These can be both visually beautiful and a melodic balm – there is something special about the gentle song that wind chimes can make. This is what makes memorial wind chimes an excellent way to remind people in a gentle, loving way of the good times they had with those who are no longer with us.
For a gentle, loving gift that will remind people of the good times they had with a loved one, memorial wind chimes can be a perfect solution.