Copyright Grieving Parents 2009
Memorial Ideas & Keepsakes
~Ways to Remember and Honor Your Child~
In searching for my own ways to keep my daughter as
close to me as possible and in as many ways as
possible, I found lots of great ideas for remembering. I
hope these ideas can help you or a loved one as well.
*Funeral Service for your child. Honor them with
songs, words, and memories.
*Talk about your child. Tell stories, share your feelings
and memories with those you trust and who support
*Write about your child- in a journal, memorial
website, blog, or just personal letters of love and loss.
*Planting a garden in your child's honor. This can be at
your house, a park, or the cemetary. You can include
garden stones with their names engraved on them,
statues, or garden stones like Angel Babies in Heaven
or Garden Angel Art and Remembering Our Babies.
*Memorial Jewelry, Keychains, etc. can be found at:
La Belle Dame
The Shining Light Fund
My Forever Child
Miscarriage Memories Jewelry
* Create a memory box (we used one that we had
already). After you have created this, you can put your
favorite clothes, photos, and keepsakes in this box.
*Make photo albums (if you have photos) or a
scrapbook. You can check out Just a Cloud Away for a
remembrance scrapbooking kit.
*Get a portrait made of your baby. Here are a few
people who you can check out:
Portrait of an Angel
Portraits by Dana
*Celebrate their birthday with cake, cards, and a
*Balloon release on holidays or birthday.
*Have a memory bear made out of your child's blanket
or clothing (or what should have been). Check out
Daddy Bear Inc. where they specialize in memory
bears. Or, you can check out Heaven Born for a
*A Christmas ornament each year to hang on the tree
just for them. This can have a photo, be a new angel
ornament, or have their name.
*Make a quilt (or have one made) with your child's
clothing or blankets. You can even have a photo and
their name put on it.
*Have your child's name written in sand and
To Write Their Names in the Sand
*Have their photos retouched to not show feeding
tubes, breathing tubes, discoloration, or bruises:
Heartprints Photo Retouching
*Make a donation to a charity related to your child's
cause of death.
*Participate in a local walk/run for an organization
that raises money and awareness for your child's cause
*Create an organization to help find a treatment or
cure or just for research for you child's cause of death.
*Plant a tree.
*Keep an angel statue in your house near their picture.
*Create a photo collage.
*Write a poem or story about or for your child.
*Make a painting (or any work of art)
*Light a candle for your child once a week, once a
month, etc. - or just on birthdays.
*Have a star named after your child.
*Establish a scholarship in your child's name at a
school they attended.
*Release butterflies for their birthday or angelversary.
(Check out Swallowtail Farms)