There are many different ways we have found overtime to honour the memory of the deceased. Commonly, we honour them through memorials, engravings and shrines, however there are many wonderful and weird ways people have used to tribute their loved ones. If you are looking for an alternative or creative way to tribute your lost loved one, here are some tips.
Name a Star
A really unique way of tributing them is through naming a star after them! The Name a Star program through Sydney Observatory allows you to associate an individuals name with a star which will be kept in the observatory’s records, and can be seen from their telescopes. Note - this can be expensive! For further information see here.
A slideshow using images and songs
Not sure about what to do with your collection of images? Why not make a slide show accompanied with the deceased favourite song/s. There are many different programs that can be found online that can make the process seamless for those who may not have much computer experience. This can also be used at the funeral service.
Donate to a charity of choice
Its becoming more common for people to elect charities they would like donations made to at their funeral. This can be chosen either by the individual or the family of the deceased and is great way of giving back, after you have passed away. Click here for a list of local charities.
World Map Destinations
Was your loved one a avid traveller? A creative way you can tribute their adventurous life is by pinning all the locations they travelled/you travelled together on a map of the world. Click here for some world map pin board inspiration.
Plant a tree
Throughout time tree’s have been used to symbolise eternal life, strength and beauty.
If you feel like this would be a good representation of your loved one or perhaps they just loved the outdoors, honour their memory through planting a tree. Tree’s can be be planted on your own land (if you have the space) or in public parklands.
Make a scrapbook
A creative and really simple way of tributing your loved one is through making a scrapbook. Learn how to make one here: This can include anything from photos, newspaper clippings, old movie/concert tickets or anything that may remind you of them.
Write a biography/ poem
This can be a great way of exploring the life of your loved one and reminiscing on past times. If you don’t feel confident on your writing structure check out for a basic guideline and inspiration. You may even discover things you never knew about their life!
Create a ceramic design object
Another unique way of memorialising your loved one is to consider creating a ceramic memorial object, which uses the ashes to glaze it. From beautiful ceramic jewellery and vases to cups and candle holders, there are many ways to keep your loved one close to celebrate and remember their life as you live yours.
If you happen to enjoy knitting and crocheting or would like to try it, why not come down to the Ryde Remembers dedication day where you can contribute to the making of 2000 ANZAC poppies. This is great and creative way of tributing diggers lost in WW1 or family members and friends who have been lost in more recent wars.
Hopefully these tips will provide some inspiration for those looking to tribute the life and preserve the memory of a much missed individual.