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Guest Gifts/Mementos

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Oftentimes, the family offers a small gift or memento to guests attending a funeral or memorial service. Traditionally, prayer cards are placed by the guest book for visitors to take and keep. Here are some other options of personal, tangible items that will remind guests of the deceased.

A personalized service program

A nicely-designed service program makes a lovely keepsake if it has good color photographs and some personal information about the deceased. Click here for ideas on making a memorable service program .

Personal Memento

Creative gifts should reflect the person you are honoring. You can turn a photograph of the deceased into a laminated bookmark. This is a special way to keep the deceased who loved to read close to those who loved her. If they loved to garden, then perhaps you could give guests packets of wildflower seeds.

Recipes

You can enlist those who would like to show their support to bake the famous brownie or lemon squares recipe that your mother made. Sending baked treats home in a little bag with the recipe tied on with a pretty ribbon will help keep her memory alive. Or you can send children to the beach to gather scallop shells and send those back along with the grilled scallops recipe your dad always made. These ideas present great opportunities to accept offers of help from friends or to keep the children busy and involved at a difficult time.

Candles

Candles make a great gift, and lighting them to keep the deceased's memory alive is symbolically a lovely act. Customized matches can be printed with personal messages, or even a name and date.

Symbolic Jewelry

Bracelets are a popular way to show support and memorialize the deceased. It can be as simple as a silicone bracelet with a personal message or an aluminum, stainless steel or leather cuff engraved with their name on it.

Adapted with permission from Celebrating a Life by Faith Moore, published in 2009 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang


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Celebrating a Life: Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances
By Faith Moore
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