Mother’s Day is extremely hard for those of us who have lost our moms. It’s a pain that never fully goes away and becomes all the more acute on this special holiday.
Many people are planning the perfect gift and making plans to spend the day with their moms, but if your mother has passed away, you can’t do that. So we wanted to provide a few special ways to honor your mom this Mother’s Day after she has passed away.
1. Write her a letter
Writing is a special way to connect with the memory of your mother after she is gone. Tell her about your life, your hopes, dreams, kids and adventures—And write down special memories and missings that would mean a lot to her. When you’re finished, you can even leave the letter where she is buried or in a special spot, you shared with her.
2. Look at old pictures and remember the good times
Remember the special times you’ve had with your mom as you take a trip down memory lane through old photographs. Find a new or old favorite and have it specially framed and placed somewhere intentional in your home or office so you can be reminded of her and that specific memory often.
3. Make her favorite meal
Let the smells and tastes of your mother’s favorite meal waft throughout your home carrying with it the precious sense of your mother’s memory. Gather your family and eat together as you reminisce about her.
4. Mark her words
Write down all her favorite sayings or advice—from the wise words of wisdom to the silly whimsical ones—in a journal or notebook. Memorializing her words will later bring a great well of comfort when you’re in need of the guidance only she could give.
5. Tell your kids stories of your mom
Let her memory live on through your kids. Tell them the funniest and most sincere stories of her you can recall. Let them learn from this remarkable woman, just as you did.
6. Plant her favorite tree or annual flower
And watch her memory blossom year after year.
7. Read her favorite book
Meet your mom in the pages of her favorite book. Get lost in the adventures and dramas that once ignited her heart and mind. Who knows, maybe you’ll become acquainted new sides to your mom you didn’t know were there previously.