While holidays like Christmas are typically cause for celebration, they can also trigger feelings of sadness if you are missing someone who has passed away. Placing a special Christmas wreath on your loved one's headstone may help soothe the feelings of grief by acknowledging the memory of that person as part of your holiday traditions. Modify a typical wreath or craft a "memory wreath" from scratch.
Spray-paint an ordinary wreath with matt white spray paint to turn it into a sculptural Christmas wreath reminiscent of marble. The colour white traditionally evokes the spiritual or higher realm in many cultures around the world. Enhance the spiritual associations of the wreath by adding a "bow" made of a pair of small decorative wings, commonly available at crafts stores. You could also paint a lightweight wooden plaque white. Stencil it with meaningful words, like a prayer, an excerpt from a sacred text or a single, powerful word, such as "love" or "believe." Drill two holes through opposite ends of the plaque and suspend it from the wreath with ribbon, braided embroidery thread, or chains.
Purchase a traditional-style Christmas wreath--a circle of living pine boughs accented with pine cones, berries, and perhaps a red velveteen ribbon bow. Personalise the wreath by attaching a sturdy picture frame (the kind designed to hang on a Christmas tree) with a photo of your loved one in it dangling in the centre of the wreath circle. Alternately, festoon the wreath with a dangling heart-shaped locket with photos. If your loved one was proud to have served in the US military, choose a photo of him or her in uniform and consider making a memorial donation to an organisation that decorates veterans' headstones for the holidays, such as Wreaths Across America.
Gather or purchase a selection of natural materials from the region your loved one considered home. (Make sure to obtain permission to gather materials.) Craft a wreath with the gathered items, using a dried grapevine base for stability. The wreath will reflect the spirits of both Christmas and home. If possible, include at least one item from the land your loved one lived on. Alternately, make a wreath that features your loved one's favourite plants or flowers, even if they cannot be gathered in your region. For example, if your loved one was fond of bougainvilleas because they reminded her of her honeymoon in Tuscany, order some from a nursery and weave them into a plain grapevine wreath base.
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