Some women often think about creating something for their loved ones to remember them by. This can be a scrapbook, a memory box, letters or family photo albums. For your family, it can help create a lasting impression for when they are older and have trouble holding on to earlier memories. A scrapbook may help them remember their time with you while writing letters to be opened on special occasions can give you an opportunity to be a part of these events.
If you are unsure about whether or not you should create mementos for your family, know that it is not for everyone. You should not feel obligated or pressured into creating these things. Some people feel that it may make the grieving process more difficult for their loved ones. It’s important to do what’s best for you and your family.
Dignity Therapy, developed by Dr. Harvey Chochinov and the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit “gives patients the chance to record the meaningful aspects of their lives and leave something behind that can benefit their loved ones in the future”. Ask their local cancer care agency to see if they provide this resource for patient memories.
The Canadian Cancer Society has a database that can be used to find local support services in your area. You can access it below: