“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.” – Millard Kaufman, “Bowl of Cherries”
Memorialization Ideas For Springtime
Springtime–the word alone feels vibrant and hopeful. I imagine smelling the clean scent of fresh shoots of grass, watching red-breasted robins methodically build their nests, and savoring the season’s first succulent strawberries. Spring is, indeed, a time to renew, refresh, and remember those we love with joy in our hearts.
Here are a few ways to memorialize loved ones around your home this spring:
Their oversized, cheery blooms can’t help but make us smile.
Helen Keller offered some excellent advice when she noted, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.”
Moreover, according to flowermeaning.com, the sunflower symbolizes the following:
- Feelings of adoration, admiration, and platonic love towards a person, such as a family member or friend.
- Loyalty and strong bonds between two people, as represented by the strong and upright stem.
- Seeking out positivity and strength, as the bloom turns to face the sun.
- Nourishing yourself and others, since the sunflower produces an abundance of edible seeds.
- Brightening your mood, through the vibrancy of the yellow or orange petals.
Create a Spring Nature Table
Select items found in nature or objects that reflect the season of spring to honor your loved one. Include spring arts and crafts or natural objects that hold meaning like crystals or heart-shaped stones.
Make a butterfly tree to place on the table. Many cultures identify the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion views the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Throughout the world, butterflies are seen as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.
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Whatever your belief system, you have to understand that we each carry the universe inside of us. We are made of millions of little wisps of energy and memories and matter and love. We are walking museums of everything we’ve ever experienced, everyone we’ve ever touched. . . Every breath you take, you are breathing in tiny atoms that may have already been breathed in by your great grandmother, or that mean girl from high school, or a stranger from across the world who you’ll never meet, but who loves the scent of fresh grass the same way you do. We are all so very connected, no matter how adrift we may sometimes feel. . . Take a moment to remember all of this, to consider how the blood flowing in your veins is not so different from the blood flowing in mine, or in anyone else’s. Pause in this moment and recognize that you are an amazing piece of the cosmos, and that the stuff of stars literally shines in your eyes. ⭐️ .
Include Your Family
Don’t forget to include your children or grandchildren in these activities. They will not only take pride in being part of the memorialization of a loved one, they will enjoy quality time spent with those who mean the most to them.