In the fast-paced world that we live in, it may be hard for us to rejoice in memories that make us happy or be able to grieve without needing to be distracted by something else or needing to work for something else.
Whether it be our own memories or the memories of a loved one, it is harder and harder now to get a good place or time to cherish them.
Human lives have got so busy that we ignore our memories and even forget the most important ones, we strive to create more and more memories during our lives.
While for our loved ones, we see ourselves busy with enough responsibilities to not be able to afford some time to grieve or cherish the memories of someone who passed away.
So what do you do to ensure you don’t forget the beautiful things you did and find time every now and then to cherish the thought of it?
Nothing too much, all you need to keep is a keepsake memory box.
What Is A Keepsake Memory Box?
A keepsake memory box is any box that you fill with items that have emotional value to you i.e. the memories you create in your life and don’t want to forget while wanting to get time to rejoice in them every now and then.
In the general tradition of people keeping a memory box, it is generally made for two purposes.
A personalised memory box of one’s own memories of their life that they keep in a personalised memory box to view at a future date. Or a bereavement memory box for a loved one who passed away where people store their memories associated with that person in a memorial box to view every once in a while and keep their memory alive.
What Should Be In A Memory Keepsake Box?
Now that you’ve understood the concept of a keepsake memory box, you may be wanting to create one for yourself.
But making a bereavement memory box in this age can be a bit difficult where everything is digitalized.
So for some of the aspects that are digital e.g. photos saved on your computer rather than as a physical picture, take some time out to convert them into a physical form that you can keep in a keepsake memory box.
In a memory keepsake box for yourself, you should find things that had a significant effect on your life and the things that you’d want to look back at in the future.
This doesn’t need to only involve happy memories. Grieving is a natural and a much-needed emotion to feel every once in a while. So try to keep things that have an emotional value to you in a personalised memory box.
For a bereavement memory box of someone you loved who passed away, you can similarly keep any items that attach memories of yourself with that person. This could include photos, videos, or items that you exchanged with one another.
If you don’t have many items that have value to both of you, you can compromise on keeping the personal items of the loved ones themselves, even if that item isn’t associated with you.
Anything that helps you relive that person’s presence should be placed in the memorial box to be able to bring up a smile on your face.
Again, all of this could make you cry at times as well. Instead of putting up a smile, some people prefer to keep their loved ones alive in their memories, even when the memory can be a little hurtful.
How To Make The Most Out Of A Keepsake Memory Box
If you have many cherishable items and a single box seems less space for you, there are many workarounds you can try.
Firstly, the best way to create a keepsake memory box is to order a personalised memory box that looks beautiful and is reliable enough to survive a lifetime.
In this box, if there are many items you want to fit in, maybe try digitalizing them instead? Instead of keeping DVDs and physical pictures, a USB drive can work with the same stuff that you can plug into any device and watch your valuable memories.
For larger items, you always have the choice to not keep the item itself but a picture of it instead to keep the memory alive. However, this will only work for some items you choose not to keep.
Ideas Of Things To Put In An Adults Memory Box
Here is a list of things we think would fit perfectly in a keepsake memory box either for yourself or for someone’s memorial box.
- Photos of specific events or people: if you have enough space, there is nothing better than a physical photograph or a polaroid to cherish beautiful memories.
- DVDs of events or people: DVDs of events can keep you reliving a memory for hours and hours while giving you a little time-travel feel of reliving those experiences yourself as well.
- Photos of larger items you want to remember but can’t keep: Homes, cars, etc.
- Greetings cards that you’ve been given from loved ones: Greeting cards have a nostalgic vibe in themselves since they’re rarely used today. A couple of words written on an old greeting card can remind you of a lot of times that you cherished back in the day.
- Tickets for events attended and loved: If you don’t have any photos or videos, a mere ticket for the event you attended by yourself or with a loved one can spark many memories and keep them alive.
- Notes from people: Validation from people is of immense importance to us. So when looking back at times, it can be important to view notes you got from people. This could include compliments or inside jokes that have many memories attached to them.
- Diaries / Journals: Diaries and journals are one of the most personal items people keep to themselves, hidden away from anyone else. Keeping a diary in a memory box can allow you to relive any day by reading it up and recalling the memories attached to the day.
Making A Bereavement Memory Box To Remember A Loved One
Dealing with the death of a loved one can be extremely hard. Especially if it’s someone really close to you.
You can’t ever really move on from someone’s death completely, however, you may find ways to keep yourself distracted enough that you aren’t left pondering on the what-ifs and the times that you spent with the deceased person.
While keeping yourself distracted can be healthy, many people are scared to not do it enough worrying that they’ll forget memories associated with that person if they keep themselves distracted for a long time and don’t look back at memories, even if they’re hurtful.
This is why the healthiest way to deal with death can be a memorial box.
A memorial box, also known as a bereavement memory box, can be created with items that preserve your memories shared with a person who has passed away.
This gives you the relief that all your memories are in a secure beautiful personalised memory box, and you don’t feel hesitant to try to move on with your life and keep yourself distracted, as every now and then, you can head into your cupboard and bring forward your bereavement memory box to enjoy the presence of your loved one.
While memorial boxes are mostly opened by people when they’re alone, to give themselves a good place to let their emotions out, memorial boxes can also be opened by kids and people who didn’t have the chance to spend many times with the deceased person. This could let them view photos and DVDs of the person and be able to live with their presence as well.
Customizing Keepsake Boxes For Bereavement With Read’s Creations
If you’re considering the decision to make yourself a keepsake box for yourself or a loved one, we’d recommend trying Read’s Creations.
All the memory boxes are crafted of high-quality wood that gives your memories a nice looking place to live in while also giving them a good shelter, away from any risks of damage to them.
We also provide options for customising your bereavement box, in any way that you want, so that you feel a connection with your personalised memory box and can use it for your whole life with comfort.