What to Put on a Memorial
Posted Thursday, February 02, 2012
The act of remembering is an essential human activity. We
remember significant dates, profound moments, and formative lessons. We
remember life’s joys and celebrations, as well as its struggles and pain.
importantly, however, we remember people—those special individuals who impacted
One important way to remember people is to commemorate their
lives, character, and legacy after they have passed away. How is this possible?
Memorial services are a moving and beautiful way to celebrate the lives of
those we love, yet they only last a matter of moments.
memorials, however, permanently preserve the stories of those we
love well after those attending the service have returned to their homes. Customized
memorials come in a variety
of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles
, so it’s important to pause
when considering what to put on the memorial of someone you love.
Spend a few moments thinking of the person. What words,
phrases, or stories come to mind? Did she have a favorite song? Did he have a
favorite quotation? How would he or she like to be remembered? Think of the personalized
memorial as a way to provide a summary or representation of that person’s life.
Some people select Bible verses. Others choose favorite song
lyrics. Still others opt for a family saying or a memorized quotation. Whatever
you choose, you will be honoring the life, character, and legacy of someone you
love—permanently preserving his or her story for us all to remember.
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