The anniversary of a death is usually a day of grief for those who were an important part to the deceased’s life. But despite the sadness that a death anniversary can bring, it’s also an opportunity to reminisce and reflect on the memories you cherish so dearly.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 5 ways to commemorate a loved one on the anniversary of their death.
1. Revisit their favourite place
When your loved one’s death anniversary arrives, you may find comfort in revisiting their favourite place, or a special place you used to visit together. This could be a location you spent a lot of time together, or simply shared some moments that you particularly remember. Perhaps there was a favourite holiday spot you could revisit with family? Or their favourite beach, café, or restaurant?
Visiting a physical place that has meaning to the both of you can be a great way to relive those precious moments you shared together. So, think about all those special times, soak up the atmosphere and commemorate your loved one’s death in a peaceful way.
2. Gather friends and family for a memorial
When grieving, times can get tough, so it’s important to surround yourself with people you love. Gathering friends and family is a great way to ensure you (and others) don’t spend a loved one’s death anniversary alone.
The gathering could just be a relaxed catch-up with close family, or a more elaborate and planned memorial service with 50 guests.
Ultimately, you should do whatever feels right, even if that means a family game of rounders on a local field.
But the most important to remember - just like a memorial at the time of a passing, an anniversary should celebrate the deceased’s life in the way they lived it, the way they would have wanted.