There are numerous ways to collect memories and stories of your loved one – during the service and in the days and years that follow. As time goes on, these are precious treasures that help keep our loved ones alive in our minds and hearts. This section has been designed to help you find ways to gather the memories and keep them in a tangible manner.
We believe the best way to begin is to start gathering them soon – write them in a journal, little collected slips of paper stashed in a box or jar, in photo albums, etc. What ever is easiest for you. Many times, our memories are rather faded immediately following the passing. But they will return and it is important to gather them.
Please contact us with additional ides for collecting the memories.
During the funeral or other service:
Personal Request for Stories – Pre-print on beautiful stationary your request for “Memories or Stories About …” Either provide pens and a container at the service, or provide a self addressed envelope to your home so they can be returned. Remember to request photos be sent.
Signature Wall – Cover a wall or section with paper and provide pens and markers for your guests to sign and leave a note or message. Ask them to bring photos to add.
Signature Picture – Frame a photo of your loved one with a large matte within the frame. Provide pens for guests to sign their names and leave a note or message.
Hobby Signature Item – Provide a favorite item of your loved one – soccer ball for soccer players, for example – and allow guests to sign it.
Friendship Signature Quilt – Provide squares of fabric and special fabric pens to your guests. Request they sign their names and draw pictures that are significant to your loved one. Have them sewn into a quilt.
Memory Box At The Final Resting Site – Provide a strong, waterproof container with writing paper and pens for guests to sign and leave personalized notes.