10 Ways to Honor Your Mom’s Memory on Mother’s Day
For those of us who have lost our moms, Mother’s Day can be a sad day; especially if we focus on what we’ve lost rather than remembering all we’ve gained because of their influence.
So, when Mother’s Day comes around each year, rather than concentrate on loss, we can choose to celebrate our mother’s lives in ways they would have appreciated.
Following are 10 ways to honor your mother’s memory on Mother’s Day.
- Do an activity your mother loved.
Maybe your mom enjoyed playing Scrabble or participating in some other activity. Whether it’s playing a favorite board game, taking walks, or flea market shopping, choose something she liked to do and enjoy doing it in her honor.
Like a friend who recently spent her day at Disneyland after the loss of her grandmother, you can find comfort by revisiting an activity your mother loved and honoring her memory.
Celebrating your mother in this way offers opportunities for personal refreshment, sweet memories, and joy rather than sorrow.
- Talk about her influence.
Mother’s Day is a perfect time to talk about your mom with family and friends. Share stories of her life and discuss the ways she influenced you. If family members are far away, consider putting together a storytelling book or video about your mother’s life.
The Bible explains some of the benefits we receive by honoring our mothers.
“‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise—‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth.’” (Ephesians 6:2-3)
We continue to honor our mothers, even after they’re gone, by speaking well of them. Even if your mother failed you somehow, choose to submit to God’s leading concerning how you speak of her now. Yield to Him, trusting His guidance in the matter.
- Taste her favorite foods.
Foods can often bring back fond memories of years past. Consider preparing your mom’s favorite meal or dish to share with family and friends.
Perhaps it was as simple as your mother loving a cup of tea. If so, why not enjoy some in her honor? Even the simplest of gestures have the potential to flood your heart with treasured memories.
Another possibility is to make copies of her favorite recipes and create a scrapbook to keep on hand and give to others. In sharing your mother’s delicious dishes, you’re preserving memories that can be passed on and enjoyed for years to come.
If your mom didn’t really cook or bake, consider eating out at her favorite restaurant or ordering her favorite meal.
- Enjoy her favorite music, movies, and books.
Maybe there is a favorite song your mom loved to listen to or sing. Listening to her favorite music might help you recall the times you heard her listen to it or sing along. Consider giving copies of it to loved ones in your mom’s honor.
Watch a movie your mom was fond of and remember how much she enjoyed it.
If your mom was an avid reader who loved books, why not read one of her favorite books. If one of her favorite books happened to be the Bible, why not honor her by reading her favorite passages, remembering what various Scriptures meant to her.
Doing so can also remind you of her efforts to, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
- Use something of hers that means a lot to you.
Do you have a favorite item that belonged to your mom? If so, consider wearing, carrying, or using it on Mother’s Day in her honor. Let it serve as a reminder of her throughout the day.
- Cultivate her memory.
Did your mother love flowers, trees, and plants? If so, consider honoring her by planting something in her memory. Or, give each of your siblings one of your mother’s favorite plants to help keep her memory alive in their hearts through its ongoing presence.
Even if she just enjoyed looking at, strolling through, and sitting among gardens, parks, and woodlands, consider planting something to honor her memory, or donating in her name to an organization like a local botanical garden, park, or even to the national forest tree planting program.
- Give like she gave.
Did your mother love a particular ministry, outreach group, or community center?
If so, consider donating to a place she loved in her name and in a like manner. If she loved a certain area, check into the possibility of donating to help sustain or beautify the area, maybe even with a dedicated bench near a place your mom loved to visit.
- Complete one of her goals.
Set out to accomplish goals your parents dreamed of doing but weren’t able to attain during their lifetime. Is there something your mother left unfinished? If so, consider completing it to honor her memory.
It could be as simple as finishing a creative project your mom left unfinished.
- Reach out to others who are also grieving the loss of a mother.
Look for ways to acknowledge the mothers of those around you that have passed away.
Whether it’s reaching out through thoughtful words posted online, sending a card, giving flowers or a financial gift, or providing a comforting meal, honoring someone else’s mother also honors our own and the irreplaceable, priceless value of their influence on our lives.
- Love like your mother loved.
Honor your mother by loving your children, grandchildren, and others in the way she loved you.
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