Many of us can relate to that feeling of coming across a letter, photo,
or other memento that keeps us connected to a special person, place, or
time in our lives. To hear a loved one’s voice, read their handwriting,
or see their smile in a forgotten photo can be especially powerful during
periods of illness or loss.
To honor a loved one’s memory, capture their spirit, and help ensure
their memory stays woven into the fabric of your family forever, Frederick
Health Hospice has recently begun a Legacy Project program. Funded in
part by our Sunshine Fund, we hope our families will find these memory-making
projects and activities to be both comforting to them and a meaningful
way to honor their loved ones who have died.
For those with less energy or ability, there are legacy projects that require
minimal time, cost and supplies. You can capture your loved one through
brief videos, recording them singing a favorite song, or reading a story.
You can take photographs of them holding hands with others in the family,
capture their fingerprint, or make a tracing of their hand–all of
which can be framed and treasured on their own, included in a family tree
illustration, or even made into jewelry.
Easy memory-making activities are wonderful ways to involve children and
teenagers in whatever ways feel comfortable to them and the adults in
their lives. They can participate at the bedside as a family, in a different
room, or at another location due to distance, time, or comfort level.
Each person can contribute their part when gathered as a group or the
separate pieces can be brought together in the future.
Legacy projects can also be created after your loved one has died in honor
of Mother’s or Father’s Day, a birthday or an anniversary.
Perhaps they saved copies of ultrasound images or the impression of a
newborn family member’s footprint, or letters, photos, newspaper
clippings, calendars, journals, awards, or certificates that reflect family
history. A framed recipe card for a family favorite written in your loved
one’s handwriting, or a necklace fashioned from a treasured keepsake,
can commemorate an important milestone such as a graduation, religious
ceremony, birth or wedding in a unique and special way
Our Legacy Project program will continue to grow thanks to the generous
support of Frederick Health Hospice’s Sunshine Fund.