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Best Memorial Gifts for a Grieving Friend

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 405

When a friend experiences the loss of a loved one, it's sometimes difficult to know what to do to show your support and caring. People who are in the initial stages of grief are usually overwhelmed by everyday activities. Many communities band together and offer food for the family so that they are nourished and comforted during this time.

Aside from practical gestures of caring, such as food, there are plenty of options if you would like to offer something more lasting and meaningful. This article provides some great ideas for unique memorial gifts to be cherished by your friend.

Memorial Jewelry

Did you know that there are companies that can transfer a digital image onto a stylish pendant or even onto small charms for a personalized charm bracelet? This is a lovely, affordable gift that allows the wearer to keep that memory visible at all times. There are also colorful, dichroic glass pendants that can integrate cremation ashes into them. They are well designed, and can visibly incorporate the ashes into the design for a stardust-like quality, or keep them concealed, depending on comfort levels.

Memorial Textile Art Quilts

Art quilts are much like paintings, except that they are made from fabrics and objects. A color palate is chosen, often based on the favorite colors of the loved one. These colored fabrics can be designed to form abstract patterns, or they can tell a story. For example, if a loved one was an avid gardener, the cut pieces of fabric might be arranged to create a beautiful floral design. In order to really customize this piece to reflect the spirit of your loved one, be sure that the art quilt is hand-crafted by an artist, rather than machine-made. The quality of an art quilt that is made by a person allows many more options for personalization and uniqueness than the machine-made version. Personal belongings, such as a wedding ring or favorite brooch can also be included into the design. Together with carefully selected fabrics, interesting stitching techniques, and personal trinkets, these aspects can be incorporated into a stunning, personalized memorial.

Hand-Bound Memory Books

Almost everyone loves to reminisce through photographs, and a memory book is a perfect way to assemble favorite images of memories. Sure, there are many blank books available today, but a hand-bound book is so special. The cover can be selected from a vast array of colorful fabrics. This is a great way to personalize the book, by selecting a favorite color of the loved one. A memory book gift can include a funeral program, photos, special notes, and more.

Memorial Glass

This hand-blown glass that includes cremation urns in the production have gained immense popularity in recent years. This would, of course, be an appropriate gift for someone whose loved one was cremated. It would also require a certain comfort level for the recipient of the gift. Memory glass combines color and cremation ashes in a process that produces lovely, paperweight type glass sculptures.

A memorial gift will be appreciated and held dear by the recipient. It's a wonderful way to show your compassion and love at one of life's most difficult chapters. The examples given in this article can all be obtained affordably and easily with a descriptive internet search.

Adrienne Crowther is the owner and founder of Shine On Brightly, the online resource for hand-crafted, artist-made memorial gift ideas, including cremation urns, memorial jewelry, memorial textile art quilts, hand-bound memory books, memorial glass, and more. Shine On Brightly offers the most affordable, unique, meaningful memorials on today's market.

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