Other Posts Relating to Remembrances: After a Parent’s Death: Writing a Remembrance, Part II, After an Aging Parent’s Death: Obituaries and Remembrances, Mother’s Memorial Service
We write remembrances after a loved one dies. Written memorials or tributes, usually penned by family members, are used in committal or memorial services or simply shared in conversation. Over time my family has discovered that people who are unable to attend a memorial event often ask for a copy. The purpose of a remembrance is to:
- Share a bit more of a person’s life, especially for people who only knew the person in one arena.
- Remind people of significant, lively, and enjoyable events in a person’s life
- Make people, whether in a memorial service or in conversation, smile and remember.
- Collect memories and stories to hold close during the early months of mourning.
- Express gratitude for a person’s life.
So how did we go about writing our remembrance of Mother? Right after mother died we spent time jotting down our thoughts and remembering our conversations with her. But there were other ways. Continue reading