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Memorializing Mom for Mother’s Day

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 Traditions

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.

Personal Rituals

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.

 

Healing Hearts

Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC, which includes Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls and Bertram Funeral Home in Bertram, is happy to be a Healing Hearts sponsor for Camp Agape, a free summer program for children grieving the loss of a loved one.

Registration is now open for the 2019 camp, which is scheduled for July 8-11 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center in the Texas Hill Country. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families. Register eligible children now at the Camp Agape website –www.CampAgapeTexas.org.

We cannot say enough good things about this organization. They are wholly committed to helping families that have experienced trauma from the loss of a loved one and we have personally witnessed how their efforts change children’s lives in the Highland Lakes area.

Most children come away from their Camp Agape experience able to process their grief and move past it. There are numerous examples of these children now serving in their organization as leaders and taking what they learned from their hardship and using their experience to grow and help others overcome death. This camp provides opportunities for experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. Many times, these children have not left their loved one’s side since the death occurred. This camp pulls them out into a “camp environment” to have fun, process their grief, learn to move forward, and also to realize they are not alone. The children see there are many other children going through what they are going through. In addition, they receive professional help from counselors and have buddy counselors that have walked the path they are walking.

After the camp is over, each child also has the opportunity to come to a Fall Retreat and process grief with their family and also meet other friend’s families. Many of the children that attend camp make life-long friendships with other children attending because they are able to bond at such an intimate level.

In addition to donating to this organization, we volunteer as well. It has been a wonderful experience.  Camp Agape will change the future of a child’s life… guaranteed.

To find out more about Putnam, Cremations, Burials, Preplanning, Celebrations of Life, Monuments, Grief and Aftercare, please visit www.CremationAdvocates.net or www.PutnamCares.com.

Alignable Business Person of the Year – Jessamyn Putnam

Congratulations to Cremation Advocates by Putnam’s very own Jessamyn Putnam for being recognized as a role model and mentor for small businesses:

🏆 Marble Falls’ 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year Revealed! Posted by Chuck Casto on Mar 03, 2019

After two months of nominations and voting, we’re delighted to announce that there’s a winner for Marble Falls’ 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year! The winner is Jessamyn Putnam of Cremation Advocates by Putnam.

Competition criteria focused on local SMB role models, who are dedicated to helping other small business people succeed. After an extended round of nominations, top nominees advanced to the finalist stage, where local Alignable members voted for their favorite candidate.

Jessamyn Putnam believes that community involvement and mentoring only makes our community stronger.  She explains, “A strong community equates to strong businesses, therefore we must invest in our community if we would like our community to invest in us.”  Jessamyn is active in the Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance, Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce, Business Network International, Bertram Chamber of Commerce, Burnet Chamber of Commerce, the Llano Uplift Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lambda Nu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, the Interagency Committee on Elder Care, and actively volunteers and raises money for area charities, schools, and civic organizations.  Moreover, she is a sought after speaker and mentor and constantly seeks to create opportunities for educational opportunities that would benefit the Highland Lakes community, especially in the area of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and grief.

Interested in having Jessamyn as your group’s next speaker – then please call her at 830-798-8413 or email her at j@cremationadvocates.net.

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Finding Hope During the Holidays

We published this video on our website last year and are reposting it due to all of the positive comments and gratitude we received.  If you or a loved one are struggling with grief this holiday season, then please take the time to watch this brief video in which Dr. Jason Troyer shares how to deal with “grief bursts,” planning time for remembering, and adjusting your traditions.

 

Find Hope During the Holidays with Dr. Jason Troyer from Jason Troyer on Vimeo.

 

Dr. Troyer has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.  He is also certified in Thanatology and a member of the Association for Death and Education Counseling.  He is a professor in East Tennessee and teaches on death and dying, abnormal psychology, counseling, and related topics.

Putnam Preplanning and Bereavement Guide

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