I’m not sure why, but I have been thinking about my mom a lot lately. She passed away in 2013 after a devastating battle with pancreatic cancer. My biggest fear back then was that my daughters, two and five at the time, would not remember their grandma.
4 Ways to Honor a Grandmother’s Legacy
- Make a photo book. Photo books are inexpensive and easy to put together. Work with your kids, one on one, to gather photos and memories of their grandma and upload to your favorite photo site.
- Read a book about grandmothers. I recently had the opportunity to read Thank You God for Grandma, and I thought it was very special. I read it to my girls, and it reminded the older one of all the things she loved about her grandma in Heaven. For the little one, it helped to suggest some memories to replace what she’s lost.
- Tell stories, lots and lots of stories. Even though it’s sometimes hard for me (oh the tears), I spend a lot of time talking to my kids about my mom. I keep her alive for them by telling about the gardening they did together and how she loved the monarch caterpillars along the sidewalk.
- Be sad. It’s okay for your kids to see you cry, even though it probably makes them uncomfortable. My kids hate to see me cry. They protest loudly when I cry. But I still do it because I am human and because I miss my mom. It’s good to model for them how to be sad and remember good stuff at the same time.
What are some ways you are honoring the legacy of a lost grandparent?