Grieving the death of your mom on Mother’s Day can be overwhelming. But even though your mom is gone, there are still ways to remember her and celebrate her memory.
Moms are known for reminding their children not to be wasteful, to show respect for other people’s property, and to mind their manners, all while subordinating their own needs to those of others. Remembering your mom in an eco-friendly way embodies the values of respecting the earth as our shared home. Being attentive to sustainability is a way of putting the needs of others ahead of your own, even as you grieve. Your mom would be proud. Here are some sustainable ways to honor your mom this Mother’s Day.
Create a Memory Garden
Plant flowers in your mom’s favorite colors, or dedicate a specific part of your yard to special memories. You can choose flowers or other plants that remind you of your mom and mix them with native plants that sustain pollinators or soak up and filter rainwater.
Make a Memory Collage
Gather pictures, quotes, postcards, and any other memorabilia you have of your mom and make a collage to hang in your home. It will be a great way to remember all the wonderful memories you have of her and ensure these treasured mementos don’t end up in a landfill.
Write a Letter
Writing out your thoughts and feelings can be very therapeutic. It’s also a great way to express yourself when you don’t know what else to do. You can also write a letter to your mom about all the things you wish she had known in life, or all the things you want to tell her now.
Visit Her Grave or Make a Keepsake of Her Ashes
Visiting your mom’s grave on this special day can be very comforting. It’s a great way to honor her memory and take some time for yourself.
If your mother’s body was cremated rather than buried in a casket, and you still have some or all of her ashes, you can make a keepsake out of them. Use a service that makes jewelry from ashes so that you can always keep your mom close to you.
Cook Her Favorite Foods
Cooking some of your mom’s favorite dishes can be a great way to remember her on this day. You can even share these meals with family and friends who are also missing her.
Remembering your mom on Mother’s Day doesn’t have to intensify your grief. Instead, finding a sustainable way to honor your mom on Mother’s Day can be comforting. Choose activities that bring you peace and comfort, and take the time to honor your mother’s memory. In this way, she will always be with you.