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Grief Support During Pandemic

Grief Support During Pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has something specific on their minds.  Browse through any social media channel, and it becomes apparent what your friends have on their mind.  Many of my friends seem to be concerned with getting masks to those in need.  I've seen many concerned with the elderly in nursing homes.  Others are focusing on statistics, finding humor during these difficult times, or are simply bored and posting to give themselves something to do. 

For me, I can't stop thinking about those dealing with grief and mourning and in desperate need of grief support.  Memorial services, celebrations of lives, and funerals have quarantine restrictions.  I wanted to find a way for those grieving loss during the pandemic's quarantine to discretely proclaim "I am grieving and I need my friends".

An easy way for them to do that is to simply change their Facebook timeline cover. It will acknowledge grief and mourning, start conversations, and hopefully will start the grieving process.

I would love the opportunity to create memorial timeline covers for those who are grieving due to loss during this pandemic.  I will find the time to make as many as possible.

Here's how you can get your free memorial timeline cover:

First, e-mail your photo and the quote you would like on the timeline cover to:  remembermegiftboutique@gmail.com.  Remember, this is only for those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic and were not able to grieve socially.

Then, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HandmadeByRememberMe and be sure to "like" the page as I will be posting your finished timeline cover on that page and tagging you when it is complete.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is only for those grieving who were NOT able to hold any type of normal service (more than 10 people) due to the quarantine & restrictions.  

That is it!  I hope this will, even in the smallest of ways, help you during your time of grief.

- Deb / Handmade By Remember Me

*Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are having difficulty getting your timeline cover posted on your page.

 

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MOTHER'S DAY AFTER LOSS

Missing Mom on Mother's Day I miss my child mother's day
"Mother's Day" - when you hear someone or read something with those words, how do you feel?  Lucky are those who can celebrate that day with both their children and their Moms.  But, this widely celebrated and publicized day evokes so many emotions to those dealing with the loss of a child or their Mom.  What do you do on Mother's Day when you'd rather stay in bed until this day is over.

Here are a few ideas...

One of the most common ideas is to visit a cemetery or memorial location.  Some common ideas include:

- Placing Flowers
- Releasing Balloons
- Decorating the grave site with Memorial Stones, Flags, Etc.
- Praying and Meditating Quietly
- Reflect with family and friends: Share stories, read scripture, pray and reflect together.

Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Create a scrapbook:   How therapeutic would this be?  Visit a craft store and find stickers, special paper, and cutouts that remind you of your Mom or Child.  Be sure to pick up some blank decorate paper to add special notes in your scrapbook.  Dig out your favorite photos and memories.  Sit down with a cup of tea and tackle this project with laughter and tears.  Then, you are left with a beautiful and sentimental memorial scrapbook.

Write A Letter:  Release your emotions with a letter to your Mom or Child.  Share you feelings, updates on your life, or write what you miss about your Mom or Child. This can also be therapeutic and make you feel closer to your loved one and find peace.  

Create A Memorial Garden:  With Mother's Day comes Spring!  Plant a memorial garden and contribute to it every year.  Start small with some of your favorite flowers .
memorial garden ideas


As the years progress, you can add items like memorial wind chimes, memorial garden stones, trees and markers.

memorial garden ideas


Simply Reflect at Home After the Loss of a Mother:  Do you have one of your Mom's favorite recipes?  Do you have special memories of certain songs she played?  What about a favorite sent or candle she burned?  You can do some baking, play music and/or light a special scented candle remembering your Mom and celebrating the memories she left behind.

Self Care After the Loss of a Child:  Pamper yourself.  Get a manicure or pedicure. Plan a massage. Read your favorite book. Take a bath.  Most important, do what makes you happy, not what you "think" you should do.

My thoughts go out to all Mothers, all Daughters missing their Mothers, and those Mothers missing their Child on Mother's Day.  Plan ahead and find something to do so this day doesn't catch you by surprise.  Remember, your friends and family want to help and be there for you.  Reach out...
Warmest Regards,
Deb

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