There are a lot of ways that we can honor and remember the loved ones who are no longer with us outside the funeral and memorial. From planting a tree to donating in their name, you can find whichever form of remembrance best suits the person you’re remembering or the relationship you had with them. The clothes that we wear and the fashion choices that we make have always played a communicative role. Here, we’re going to look at some of the ways you can use it to communicate your love and memory of someone you have lost.
Dressed in black
Traditionally, people would wear black not only to the funeral of a loved one but would dress in mourning for some time following the loss of a loved one. This idea has fallen out of practice somewhat, but if you’re looking for a conservative and modest way to show that your thoughts are with the deceased, this may be a way to do it. You may choose not to dress entirely in black, but to simply make black a part of your attire, too, if you find it more appropriate.
Dedicating a digit
To a lot of people, jewelry has more significance than other forms of clothing and is often used to signify something, such as with the Claddagh ring or birthstone pendants. Rings are some of the easiest pieces of jewelry for anyone to wear on a daily basis because they clash with practically no outfit. You can choose to have a ring engraved with the name, initials or any kind of message that might have significance to you and your relationship with the person that you are remembering. Plus, rings can be worn as pendants on a chain when you’re not able to wear them on your hand for one reason or another.
Carry them with you
You can choose to ascribe what significance you want to any piece of attire you choose to wear in memory of your loved one. However, while it’s not to suggest that any other kind of jewelry would be less meaningful, a lot of people find that there is a special nature to wearing something that literally carries part of the loved one with you, such as cremation jewelry for ashes. This option obviously isn’t accessible for everyone, but it can help you always feel close.
Something of theirs
Whether or not you can do this depends largely on whether you have access and permission to take something that belonged to your lost loved one. If you are next of kin, it may be easier than otherwise, but you can also ask a member of their family if they would allow you to have such an item in remembrance. A piece of clothing, an accessory, or even something as simple as a photograph of them that you could keep in a locket could be the perfect thing to keep alive their memory, especially if you two had some shared history with the item in question.
Tell it through a tattoo
Not all fashion is something worn on the body. Though it might be a particularly permanent choice, there’s no denying the meaning and emotion that goes behind getting a tattoo. Some people will choose to tattoo an image of the loved one that they have lost, but there are plenty of forms of memorial tattoos. They can include names, initials, symbols that represent the person you loved (such as an animal they associated with or a natural feature that they always loved) or something else. To those who have them, tattoos are often ways to represent important stories from a lifetime and a loved one’s life can be a very meaningful and valuable story to represent.
Whatever reminds you of them
Honestly, the memorial that you dedicate to your loved one by wearing it does not necessarily have to be something that already carries some form of importance. The meaning of a memorial is carried in the intentions of the person creating it, buying it, or otherwise deciding on it. As such, if there is anything at all that reminds you of that person, for one reason or another, then you could decide to think of that as their memorial.
If you’re looking to make sure that you can always take a memorial of a loved one with you, wherever you go, hopefully, the tips above have given you some ideas on how to do that. There are no right or wrong answers, only what you consider appropriate and meaningful.
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M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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