Today I have the opportunity to review and share with you Allison Gilbert’s newest book Passed and Present – Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. As a teenager, Allison lost her mother to breast cancer. Over the years and working with others who have lost family members, Allison discovered keeping memories alive was part of a healthy mourning process.
Allison strives to keep the memories of those passed alive. Isn’t that what we do, too? The ideas and suggestions presented throughout the book struck me by their similarity to what we do as family historians and genealogists. We uncover our ancestors’ stories and share them with our families. We preserve their stories for future generations.
Passed and Present shares ideas for sharing family history and honoring a loved one’s memory in 5 sections. Each section has ideas or “Forget Me Nots” for remembering and sharing our family members. If you are more creative, you will enjoy Re-purpose with a Purpose. For the techie among us, Use Technology is a great section. Not Just the Holidays has one celebrating the small events, too, The Monthly Guide keeps you intentional with your ideas throughout the year, and Places to Go introduces the idea of commemorative travel. (This was a new concept for me.) These latter two sections deal more with remembering a more recent loss.
Here are some examples from the book for displaying and sharing a family member/ancestor’s story . For more ideas, see Allison’s Passed and Present Pinterest board.
- Make a mosaic piece from a chipped or broken piece of the family’s china.
- Participate in Throw Back Thursdays on social media – You will find many family historians already doing this!
- At family reunions, devote a table to family photographs. Encourage family members to bring photographs of older family members and generations to share. Especially encourage them to bring unidentified photographs. A Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is great to have on hand to scan photos on the spot.
- Use documents as decorations. These make unique conversation starters. These often trigger members and stories in family members.
- Get inked (as in a tattoo). Just so you know, I am NOT doing this one. 🙂 But, if you like tattoos, go for it. It would certainly be a conversation starter.
Are you looking for creative ways to share your family history? Are you looking for ways to honor a recently passed loved one? Do you want to trigger memories in others about the family history? You will find many creative and out of the box ideas in Gilbert’s book.
You can order Passed and Present – Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive at Amazon or on her website. Available for pre-order now. Debuts 12 April 2016!
I was provided with a free copy of Passed and Present. My opinions are my own.
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