by Jenny Goldade of Frazer Consultants
With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s a time to honor moms and remember those no longer physically with us. It’s a tough time of year for those grieving the loss of their mom. That’s why we’ve come up with these mementos and traditions to pay tribute to mom this Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Mementos
A DIY memento is a perfect keepsake to honor and remember mom. From photo crafts to a shadowbox, there’s something for everyone that captures their mom’s personality.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
- Make a photo memento such as memorial frame or scrapbook filled with photos of your mom and her adventures.
- Put together a shadowbox filled with her favorite things such as clothes, jewelry, photos, and items related to her hobbies.
- Decorate a jewelry box to keep all her jewelry safe in one place.
- Personalize a vase with her name and other little decorations like gems or ribbon and put her favorite flowers inside.
- Organize all her signature recipes into a personalized recipe book.
Family members can come together during Mother’s Day to honor and remember her together. Whether it’s through visiting her favorite place or baking her favorite dish, there are many ways to pay tribute to mom.
Some ideas are:
- Visit her grave site or ash scattering location and leave flowers.
- Go to her favorite restaurant and go around the table and share a memory of her.
- Plant flowers in a memorial garden in her honor.
- Donate time to a community food pantry, animal shelter, children’s hospital, or another location.
- Take a trip to her childhood home, school, or another special place.
When grieving your mom, it’s alright to have a tradition of your own to honor her. There are many possibilities, from writing a tribute to her or just taking the time to look through old photos.
Here are a few ideas to help find the perfect ritual to remember her by:
- Take some time to yourself to remember her by just sitting in peace and quiet.
- Look through old photo albums and scrapbooks.
- Remember her by lighting a tribute candle in your home.
- Write and dedicate a song or poem to her (you can share it, frame it, or keep it to yourself).
- Keep a book of your memories with her and share them with your children or loved ones.
After losing a loved one, you may feel you need support in understanding the emotions you are feeling, or help adjusting to a new kind of life.
Although nothing can replace the love and support of friends or family, mobile apps are among the helpful resources that may help you through the grieving process.
Here, we take a look at five grief apps which may help you understand death and the emotions you’re experiencing when adapting to life after the loss of a loved one.
1. My Grief Angels
My Grief Angels is a smartphone grief app with the objective of creating a global community, for people to be there for one another during their difficult times.
The non-profit developed app connects and supports people who have lost a loved one. There is a grief chat feature, which allows users to chat with other ‘grief angels’. The app also has a grief meetup feature which allows users the opportunity to create local events for other ‘grief angels’ to join. The Grief Support Network App is available on iPhone, Android, Amazon and HTML5.
Headspace is an app aimed at promoting wellbeing through meditation and mindfulness techniques. Coping with grief is one area of mental wellbeing that you can sign up to receive helpful meditations for. You can begin with a ‘basics’ taster and choose to subscribe for regular updates.
Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe says: “You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgement.”
The app is available to download on the Apple App Store, and Google Play.
Lilies is a user-friendly mobile grief app for young people which gives virtual hugs. Developed by six school girls, the app provides a safe community to share thoughts and memories, as well as grief tips.
A bereavement organisation for kids, Winston’s Wish, is supporting this grief app. It said: “The Lilies project team have created something very special with this app. They did something very few people do — stopped and thought about those children and young people who have experienced the death of someone close to them.”
4. Apart of Me
Apart of Me is a mobile gaming app developed to provide children with strength and resilience when someone is dying or has died.
Set in a colorful virtual world, the bereavement app was developed by Bounce Works, and allows children to curate memories of their loved ones in a beautiful and engaging way.
Upon opening the app, its users are introduced to a peaceful island that is theirs to explore. As they discover the various different parts of the island, they can undertake quests and puzzles. These have been especially created to help children process their emotions and also help adult carers to begin and support difficult conversations with them.
5. Nino’s Mourning Toolbox
Targeted at children aged four to 12 years old, Nino’s Mourning Toolbox tells the story of a dinosaur whose sister has died. The interactive story journeys through steps in the grieving process to help children overcome their loss and help families to support each other.
This mobile app invites children to answer death-related questions in a friendly and creative way. The activities encourage singing, drawing, inventing, speaking, thinking and listening as a means to better understand the death of a family member. The app is available for download on Android and iPhone.
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