I recently attended a memorial service for someone who loved rocks. In a fitting and lasting tribute to her, all the attendees were given a rock and encouraged to write something on it — a saying, memory, picture, or quote.
The result was a basket full of color, celebrating her life and sharing affirmations in a way that no flowers or temporary tribute could. Even better, the rocks will be placed around a tree that her partner can see regularly, providing solace to the living — the true purpose of memorial services.
This activity was especially appropriate because of the connection to Mary’s hobby but a similar strategy could be used in other settings. People need to feel the comfort of others or savor the memories long after the event itself. Think about ways you can allow people to express their sentiments in a manner that isn’t fleeting.