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Ways to Memorialize Your Loved One

Honoring your loved one is an important part of the healing process and a very personal decision. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. Here are some ideas: Hope Sign: Credit Sarah Rothman

  • Write about your loved one. If you wish, share it in a way that feels right to you.
  • Ask your loved one's relatives, friends, or co-workers to contribute their favorite memories or photos, and use them to make a scrapbook or memory box. This can help you to celebrate your loved one’s life while giving others a chance to get involved, too.
  • Cook your loved one's favorite meal, participate in activities they liked, listen to music they enjoyed, or read a book that reminds you of them.
  • Plant a tree in their memory.
  • If you can afford it, donate a park bench, or engrave a plaque with your loved one's name.
  • Support people by phone who are newly bereaved by the loss of a loved one to suicide through Forefront’s peer support network.
  • Support innovative policy changes that will improve suicide prevention in Washington State by lobbying and personal testimony through Forefront
  • Give a financial gift to support the work that Forefront is doing to prevent suicide in honor of your loved one. There are many ways to do this; one way is by creating an award to support schools or organizations that are taking initiative in preventing suicide for those they serve. An example of this is the Trevor R. Simpson Award.  Named in memory of a young high school student who died by suicide, two schools are honored each year with a $500 gift and a plaque presented to the school by Trevor’s parents.   We will work with you to honor your loved one in whatever way you see fit to make the greatest impact.
  • Organize and oversee the creation of a memory quilt with fellow survivors through AFSP.
  • Participate in a community Out of Darkness Walk in honor of your loved one through AFSP.