I want to remember Joe and the life and love we shared. I also will create memorials as tributes to the life he lived.
|Memorials to Joe||Their Meaning for Me|
|Plant a pink dogwood tree where I can see it from the kitchen. It will bloom in the early spring.||Spring was his favorite season. Pink dogwood is special to me, as he was.|
|Have a heart made from his wedding band. Wear it on a chain under my clothes.||His heart will be next to mine, where I can feel it all the time.|
|Donate books to the library in his memory.||He loved to read for education and for fun.|
|Sort through our photos. Make albums of his life and our time together.||He lived a full and happy life. Here is the proof.|
|Volunteer to help serve food on Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Salvation Army.||The Salvation Army was Joe’s favorite charity.|
|Contribute to a scholarship fund in his name.||Young people will receive help to go forward with their lives.|
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Marta Felber, author of Grief Expressed When a Mate Dies and Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies, has held many counseling and consulting positions in the U.S. and abroad, including serving for 10 years as director and head counselor at a center for expatriates in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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