For many adult children, Mother's Day is both a time of celebration and sadness.
It's a time to remember all the good times we shared with our moms and to celebrate the lives they led. But it's also a time when we mourn the loss of our mothers and long for them to be here with us.
This year, why not memorialize your mother in a special way? Here are 13 ideas for honoring her memory on Mother's Day.
Plant a tree in your mom's memory
There are many ways to honor the memory of a beloved mother who has passed away. One special way to remember her is to plant a tree in her honor.
A "remembrance tree" can be planted in her favorite spot in the garden, or in a place where she spent a lot of time. It can be a tree that was significant to her in some way, or simply a tree that symbolizes growth and life.
Planting a tree is a tangible way to keep your mother's memory alive, and it will also provide beauty and enjoyment for years to come. As the tree grows, it will provide a reminder of the love and connection you shared with your mother.
If you’re not into planting a tree yourself, you can also donate to a local organization that plants trees in honor of those who have passed away.
Or consider a service like The Trees Remember, an organization that plants trees in our National Forests in memory of departed loved ones.
No matter how you choose to plant your tree, it will be a beautiful and lasting tribute to your mother's memory.
Make a donation to a charity that was important to her
One way to honor mom is to make a donation in her memory to a charity or non-profit organization that was important to her.
This ensures that her legacy of giving and caring lives on. It’s also one way to share in your mom’s passions and feel closer to her, even though she’s gone.
If your mom didn’t support a particular charity, consider a donation to an appropriate organization that holds meaning for you.
Some ideas of non-profit organizations and charities that always appreciate donations are: The Alzheimer’s Association, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, American Humane (animals), Ronald McDonald House Charities and St. Jude’s Hospital.
Your donation will be a lasting tribute to the woman who meant so much to you.
Write down your favorite memories of her and put them in a scrapbook or photo album
A creative way to cherish memories of your mom is to create a scrapbook or journal full of special memories. This can be done either by yourself or with other family members.
You can include memories from childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Be sure to include both happy and difficult memories. What is important is that you remember the moments that have shaped who you are today.
You can also add photos, letters, cards, and other mementos to the scrapbook or journal.
By creating this special memories book, you will not only be able to look back on cherished memories, but also have a tangible reminder of your mom that you can share with others.
Frame some of her favorite photographs
A great way to feel close to your mom this Mother’s Day is to display some of her favorite photos in your home.
Choose a few of your mom's favorite photographs and have them professionally framed. Then, hang them in a prominent location in your home where you'll see them every day.
Seeing her favorite memories on display will help to remind you of all of the special memories you had together and the things that she held dear.
Create a video tribute with photos and videos of her throughout the years
To memorialize your mother, create a video tribute with photos and videos of her throughout the years.
You can start with baby pictures and home movies, then include more recent photos and videos. As you compile the footage, add music that was special to her or that reminds you of her.
If you have them, you can also include recordings of her voice reading poems or stories, singing, or laughing.
The goal is to create a moving tribute that captures the essence of your mother and the special bond you shared. With this thoughtful memorial, you will be able to keep her memory alive for years to come.
Bake her favorite dessert or cook her favorite meal
One way to memorialize your mother is to bake her favorite dessert or cook her favorite meal.
This can be a way to bring back fond memories of mom and to share those memories with others. It can also be a way to still feel connected to her, through the shared love of food.
If you're not sure what your mom's favorite dessert or meal was, ask family and friends for their memories.
Once you have a few ideas, choose one and get cooking! This act of love will be sure to bring a smile to your face and comfort to your heart.
Create a photo collage or memory book with pictures of your mother over the years
One way to memorialize your mother is to create a photo collage or memory book featuring pictures of her throughout her life. This can be a fun and heartwarming project to do with your siblings, cousins, or other close relatives.
You can start by going through old family albums and scanning or photocopying any pictures of your mother that you find. You can also ask other family members if they have any photos that they would be willing to share.
Once you have gathered all of the pictures, you can begin arranging them into a collage or laying them out in a scrapbook. As you work on this project, you will undoubtedly find yourself reminiscing about cherished memories of your mom.
Creating this tribute to her will help you to feel closer to her on Mother’s Day, even though she is no longer physically here.
Buy her a gift that reminds you of her, such as flowers, chocolates, or perfume
What better way to memorialize your mother than by purchasing a gift that reminds you of her?
If your mom loved flowers, buy yourself a bouquet or a potted plant. If she had a sweet tooth, treat yourself to some of her favorite chocolates. Or if she loved perfume, find a scent that reminds you of her and wear it in her memory.
These small gestures will help keep your mother's memory alive while also bringing you some comfort and joy. This is also a great way to show someone else how important they are to you. So go ahead and treat yourself (or someone else) to a special reminder of your mom.
Hang a wind chime in her memory - the sound will bring peace and happiness
Wind chimes are a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one.
The gentle sound of the chimes can bring peace and happiness, and can be a reminder of happy memories. Whenever you hear it, you won’t be able to help but smile and think of her.
The next time you hear the wind chime, close your eyes and let the memories wash over you. The sound of the chime can help bring you a sense of peace and happiness, knowing that she is always with you in spirit.
Place flowers at her grave or place something special there in her memory
Losing a mother is one of the hardest things a person can go through. After she's gone, it can be difficult to know how to keep her memory alive.
While it’s a traditional way of remembering someone, placing flowers or something special at your mom’s grave is beautiful way to honor her.
This can be a place where you can go to reflect on your memories of her and to honor her life. It's a way of keeping her close to your heart, even when she's no longer with you in body.
If you're struggling to find the right words to say, the act of placing flowers at her grave can be a healing and cathartic experience. It can help you to feel connected to her and to find peace in your loss.
Write a letter or poem to your mom
Writing your thoughts can be a healthy way to express your feelings while remembering your mom on Mother’s Day.
In your writing, let her know that you are thinking of her today and all the ways she touched your life, cheering you on through good times and bad. Even though she’s gone now, you can take comfort in knowing that she’ll always be with me in spirit.
Let your letter or poem express how much you cherish all your memories together, from small everyday moments to big life events.
Know that she’s watching over your from above and that you’ll see you again someday. In the meantime, writing to her is a lovely way to feel close to her and express how much you love her.
There are many ways to memorialize and honor your mom on Mother's Day. It is a very personal decision and there is no single right way to do it.
Some people find comfort in writing about their memories of their mother, or in creating a photo album or memory box.
Others prefer to do something more physical, like planting a tree or garden in her memory.
You may also want to make a donation to a cause that was important to her.
Whatever you choose to do, the most important thing is that it brings you peace and helps you to remember your mother in a way that is meaningful to you.