Keeping Memories Alive With Memorial
Cards And Bookmarks
By Derek P Moynihan
A loved one's passing is one of the most traumatic
events that anyone will have to endure in their lives
and the immediate organisation of a funeral or a
memorial service is something that no one is taught how
to prepare for. After the funeral it can be difficult to
remember to thank all those who helped you during the
difficult process, those who gave you comfort, shared
your sorrow or offered their condolences in other ways.
One such way of giving thanks is by sending a thank you
card. In modern times it has become a tradition to send
memorial cards after a funeral to those who comforted
you in your time of need as a thank you but also these
cards can be a means of giving family and friends a
small remembrance of the deceased to cherish. These
cards first appeared in the 15th century and where also
very popular in the Victorian era where they were
predominantly of a religious nature.
These memorial cards generally contained the deceased
name and date of death but would also contain a
favourite picture and also a favourite verse or prayer
which where traditional taken from the Book of Psalms.
However in recent times the trend of using religious
themes cards has declined and has been replaced by more
subtle and generic themes such as an Autumn setting, a
flowing river or a fading sunset.
Sometimes accompanying these cards can be memorial
bookmarks and memorial wallet cards. They are another
keepsake alternative to give to friends and family as
remembrance of their loved one. A bookmark in a favorite
book or a memorial card in a wallet can provide comfort
and solace during the grieving process. Memorial cards
are not only given after a funeral but can also be given
on anniversaries. Rich backgrounds, beautiful scenery,
and moving prayers help families keep the moments and
images of loved ones close to the heart and mind.
If it your responsibility to organize memorial cards or
bookmarks, choose carefully as these are treasured items
are kept years after as keepsakes and you may find them
on the dashboard of a car, in a wallet, on a cupboard or
on a fridge.
Derek has been in the print industry for 25 years. After
a family bereavement he was amazed at the difficulty in
organising a funeral, the etiquette of funerals and
coping with grief and loss. He set up a blog and website
to help people find out more information and also to
make ordering of memorial cards and bookmarks easier.