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Creating Keepsake Bereavement Boxes

Alice Wisler
Keeping memories is therapeutic for the bereaved.

Bereavement boxes are one of the ways the living can cope with their grief by collecting and keeping their loved one's momentos in a special place.

About Bereavement Boxes

When a loved one dies, there are memories to be kept. One way to keep the tangible items is to purchase a bereavement box. In this box, the keepsakes can be stored. This way, the precious memories can be kept safe and in one location for easy viewing.

These boxes are usually made of wood and are hand-painted. They open at the top with a hinged door. The inside of the box is a dry and safe place to keep the important items you hold dear from your deceased loved one. Boxes can be as unique as the person who died. Some are elaborate with etchings or carvings. Some have the name of the deceased and his birth and dates dates.

Items to Keep in Bereavement Boxes

When your loved one dies, he or she leaves everything behind. While some items you may want to give to charity or family members, there are other possessions you will want to keep. Some of these which you can place in bereavement boxes include:

  • Favorite shirt or tie
  • Letters, or penned poems
  • Favorite books
  • Jewelry
  • Photos
  • Awards or certificates
  • Journals
  • News articles featuring the deceased
  • Medals or pendants
  • Other memorabilia
  • Any medical information regarding his or her death

When a Child Dies

When a child dies, a bereavement box will need to hold room for a number of items including:

  • Favorite blanket
  • Special stuffed animal or toy
  • Books
  • Lock of hair
  • Tooth that was lost
  • Other valuables that were meaningful to the child

Parents will find that keeping a box with the memories is therapeutic and healing.

Finding the Perfect Box

Deciding which box to purchase to store your loved one's special items is a decision that might take some time. First, you need to consider the amount of things you wish to store inside the box. Are there many keepsakes or only a few? This will help you choose a small, medium or large box. Next, think about where the box will be kept. Do you have ample room in your house for it? If your space is small, perhaps a little box will be best, one that can rest on a bookshelf or end table. Larger boxes can be two or three feet tall and just as wide.

Bereavement Boxes Online

Spend time visiting these websites to see photos of the products for sale.

  • Acknowledgements sells boxes for keeping mementos.
  • Toril Design has keepsake boxes made of wood that come in four sizes. Photographs or hand painted designs can be placed on the lid of the box. Even inside the lid, a poem or design can be inserted. This is a great way to personalize your box.

Other Places to Store Memorabilia

Keep in mind that if you have certain objects, you may want to display them in a glass case. For example, if your loved one was a serviceman or woman, an American flag given in his honor at his funeral, could be showcased in a display box. Or, if you want to buy a shadowbox to place sentimental items, such as an award or medal, or even a copy of the obituary, that is also a touching way to preserve the memories.As you looks around in stores and online, you will find the perfect bereavement box to suit your needs. Your funeral home may also have some products you can use to store some of the valuables and treasures of your loved one. If a friend would like to gift you with something after your loved one has passed, you could suggest a decorative box for keeping memorabilia.

Creating Keepsake Bereavement Boxes