Here Are 25 Ways To Honor The Memory Of Someone's Life

Keep their legacy alive.

After someone dies, the people left behind are tasked with carrying on with their lives.


This can be particularly difficult if the individual was a family member or a close friend, but it must be done. No matter what your religious beliefs (or lack thereof), grieving after a loss is healthy and completely necessary. 

Though a loved one may be gone, you can keep their memory and legacy alive by honoring them in one of more of these 25 ways:

1. Light a candle. You can do this at church and say a prayer, or do it at home and feel the warmth of their memory.

2. Make a quilt out of their old clothes.

3. Hold a memorial service or candlelight vigil.

4. Finish any projects they were working on.

5. Bring flowers to their grave and keep the area well-tended.

6. Cook their favorite meal. The aroma and taste will bring back amazing memories.

7. Make a scrapbook of their life.

8. Get a tattoo of their name or of their handwriting.

9. Reach out to family and friends who are also grieving and share stories about the departed.

10. Plant a tree or have one planted.

11. Read their favorite books.

12. Volunteer for their favorite causes, or give a donation in their name.

13. Plant a flower or vegetable garden and put in a decoration that reminds you of them.

14. Hold a charity drive in their name for food, toys or something to help others.

15. Wear their favorite perfume or cologne.

16. Write a letter and air anything that may have been left unsaid.

17. Adopt a section of highway in their name.

18. Sing their favorite song.

19. Complete their bucket list.

20. Sponsor a bench or brick at one of their favorite places.

21. Participate in some of their favorite hobbies, even if you have a lot to learn about them.

22. Make amends with someone you've been avoiding.

23. Frame something they've written, like a poem or a recipe.

24. Remember them during life events like weddings, anniversaries, and holidays.

25. Live your life in a way that would make them proud. Finish (or go back to) school, have adventures, and be happy. It's what they would have wanted for you.

Note: Releasing balloons or lanterns was kept off of this list on purpose, as they are both harmful to wildlife.

Cover image via Shutterstock /  Evgeny Glazunov.



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