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Honouring the anniversary of your loved ones death

Reflecting on photos to remember a loved one


Whether it has been a year since your loved ones passing or several years, the anniversary of their death can affect everyone differently. For some it’s an opportunity to celebrate their life, for others it can be a day of mourning. Whatever you choose to do on their anniversary, make sure it's something that you and your loved ones feel comfortable with.

Here are some suggestions on how you can honour your loved ones anniversary in a meaningful way:

Reflect and share memories

Surrounding yourself with family and friends to share stories and reflect on memories helps remember the good times you all shared. By gathering with loved ones to celebrate the happy memories, it also allows for supporting each other during those difficult and emotional times.

Through this reflection, you may like to look back on the photo presentation video shared at the funeral or if the service was filmed, watch the video recording to remember the beautiful eulogies shared.

Visit their resting place

Laying some flowers on their grave or visiting where their ashes were scattered can be a very personal moment. It’s an opportunity to reflect on your time together or even communicate as if they were there. While it may feel strange, talking to your departed loved one, it can be a therapeutic way to express your feelings.

Donate in their name

If your loved one was passionate about a charity or cause, you may like to make a monetary donation or even donate your time as a volunteer. While helping others, you are also helping yourself continue your connection to your loved one by following what was important to them.

Start a tradition

Starting a tradition in your loved ones memory can be anything that is meaningful to the times and traditions you shared. This could include cooking their signature dish, watching their favourite movie, or visiting a place that is special to you both.

Take a moment for you

As the anniversary approaches, it is sure to bring with it a mix of emotions. However you choose to remember your loved one, it is important to take some time for yourself.


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I have just viewed, and so beautifully filmed. This is so special to have, not only for us but for a great many family members unable to attend, from Europe and Ireland. I was impressed by your complete professionalism and caring nature.

Ann, Wentworth Falls

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