How to Create a Memorial Journal for a Loved One Who Has Passed Away
When a loved one passes away, a part of you dies as well. There seems to be a vacuum in your life. If you were accustomed to being in touch with this person on a regular basis, you notice a hollow emptiness in your heart, when you do not have that same opportunity to see them, to speak to them and to include them in your life anymore. There are times when you cannot believe that that loved person is no more a part of your world. There are times when you feel overcome with sadness and loneliness and you just wish that you could be in touch with them once again.
The Memorial Journal, dedicated to the loving memory of your loved one, is the book, blog or website to turn to for comfort and to bring back all those fond memories of times spent together.
Photographs and Videos: Collect as many photographs of your loved one who has passed away. Go through all the photo collections that you have and try to sort them out into categories, with your loved one with you, and in the company of family and friends over the years. Search for all the family home videos which you can find which include your loved one. Make a list of these videos and include them in your journal. These videos can be uploaded to your Memorial blog or website as well.
Writings and Jottings: Make an effort to find as many writings, musings, recipes and jottings of your loved one who has passed away, from a poem to a shopping list. This is one way to keep the memories alive of time spent together with your loved one.
Genealogy: In this section make a short list of the Genealogy of your family and the place occupied by your loved one. Was this special person a wife, a father, a mother, a sister, brother, an uncle or an aunt? Make a short list of all those who were in the close family circle of this person; include anecdotes and incidents as well.
Life Review: In this section of your Memorial Journal dedicated to the memory of your loved one who has passed away, you can include a small biographical portrait of the person, with his or her likes, dislikes, hobbies and any other special characteristics, which made him or her so popular or even less-popular and well known in the family and among friends. If an Obituary of the person has been published, this can also be included in the Memorial Journal.
Book, Blog or Website: People are always eager to read interesting Biographies. You can write a book on your loved one based on the collected materials on his or her life. Another very interactive method for keeping alive the memories of your loved one alive in the hearts and minds of family and friends is to create a website or a blog, featuring an interest or a hobby of your loved one who has passed away. On this blog or website friends, relatives and well-wishers can post their individual thoughts and memories of the person, who made a difference in their lives.