Helping the Bereaved: Personalized Memorial Gifts by Everlasting Memories

Memorial Packages Created With Family In Mind

With the passing of loved ones comes intense emotional grief, sometimes a lack of closure, and a devastating experience for many. And while coming to terms with a loved one’s passing is a difficult journey to be thrust into, there are ways in which one can cope.

Personalized memorial gifts are an option that many families and individuals seek out as they allow us to feel close to our loved ones and allow us to share our memories of them with those around us in the form of hand-crafted heirloom items.  For those who may be going through this difficult time, please read on to find out about the different types of memorial gifts, why you may want to purchase some, and how you can go about using them in your home or at the funeral ceremony.

6 Reasons Why You May Want a Personalized Memorial Gift or Package

While there are plenty of personal reasons why an individual or family may want to purchase personalized memorial gifts or packages for funeral services, the most commonly cited reason is to simply to share their memories of a loved one with others.  Other reasons include:

  • Personalized memorial gifts, when given out at funeral ceremonies, are a much appreciated token of love, sympathy, and sharing of remembrance.
  • Memorial gift packages are often purchased as a way to make funeral ceremonies more personal to those in attendance.
  • Memorial gift packages are a convenient option for those who are going through the loss of a loved one but still need to prepare for the funeral or wake services.
  • Having personalized memorial gifts serve as a  way to  cope with the trying time that is grief.
  • Practical personalized memorial gifts like letter openers and memorial bookmarks serve as a gentle reminder of the things that the loved one preferred in life.

How To Use Personalized Memorial Products

Coming to terms with a loss of a loved one is a very difficult journey to be placed upon, whether it is through an unforeseen circumstance or through a known cause. While the journey through the loss, grief, and the memories can be daunting, difficult, and tiring, one way of making the process easier is through personalized memorial gifts. These unique gift ideas can be hand-crafted to as “in loving memory” of a specific individual such as a mother, husband, father, son, or daughter and are often either used for personal use or as funeral memorial gifts.


Using Personalized Memorial Gifts in the Home

Having and using personalized memorial gifts in the privacy of one’s own home offers the individual or family a way to remain in touch with the memory of their loved one while remaining in a comfortable and peaceful space.   How?

  • Personalized memorial gifts can be used to express the life and beauty of a loved one,
  • Personalized memorial gifts can help create an environment filled with mementos,
  • Personalized memorial gifts provide a tangible memory of a loved one,
  • Personalized memorial gifts can serve as a reminder of the values and beliefs that one stands for or were taught by their loved one,
  • Personalized memorial gifts aid in the acceptance of a loved one’s passing.

Memorial magnet photos can be placed on the refrigerator or other metallic surfaces. Memorial keepsake boxes can be placed on the nightstand tables or bookshelves. Memorial photographs & urns  can be placed on fireplace mantels or hearths. Memorial bookmarks can be used during quiet reading time. And memorial keychains serve as a constant and gentle reminder.

Using Personalized Memorial Gifts at Funeral Services

It is very common for there to be funeral memorial gifts during the service as a way to make the funeral more memorable, personal, and special to those in attendance.

  • Pocket charms like memorial coins, memorial stones,  and memorial keychains are given out as a small memento of the service and serve as a small reflection of the dearly departed,
  • Memorial bookmarks and magnet photos are perfect for entry tables at funeral and wake services,
  • Memorial portraits (larger photographs) are perfect for displaying your loved one at funeral, wake, or celebration of life ceremonies as they provide a stunning and beautiful visual representation.

Finally, memorial urns can also serve as a beautiful resting place for your loved one during the ceremony.

The Types of Personalized Memorial Gifts You Can Get & Who They Fit With

From stunning commemoration photographs to beautiful photo magnets and magnificently designed cremation urns, memorial gifts are a fantastic and heartfelt way to capture and share the memories of your loved ones with those in grieving. Whether you plan to give them out at the funeral service, distribute them at the wake, or provide them during a celebration of life event, each gift type can be personalized to fit your exact needs. Our attention to detail and customized collections allow you to cherish those who are missed. We offer 7 different types of memorial gifts outside of our cremation urns and jewelry.

Memorial Bookmarks

The personalized memorial bookmarks are an ideal choice for families whose loved one was an avid reader and had a few favorite books and quotes. They are also great for families and friends who love to read.

The Everlasting Memories bookmarks come in three distinct styles; floral, black & white, and gold, are crafted with great care, and can be personalized in design and name. These bookmarks are perfect for entry tables at funeral services or for handing out to guests at celebration of life events.

Memorial Coins

Our personalized memorial coins are perfect for families who wish to take on an old-school style approach to remembrance. The coins are created to carry in a pocket or purse and serve as a tangible reminder of a loved one.

The Everlasting Memories coins are crafted in solid copper metal, have room for a personalized image, and have three engraving points for text along the top, middle, and bottom arches of the coin. These are perfect for individuals who prefer to keep trinkets or tokens of loved ones.

Memorial Initial Keychains

Here at Everlasting Memories, we believe that keychains are the perfect gift option for those who want to share their memories of their loved ones with extended family and close friends in a unique way.

Our memorial keychains are available as a photo keychain or as an initial keychain, both of which can be personalized and engraved.

Memorial Photo Keychain

The initial keychain is heart-shaped, has exceptional copper accents, and is personalized with your loved one’s initials on both the front and backside of the keychain.

The memorial photo keychain, on the other hand, is a perfect fit for those who want a visual memory of their loved one. The photo keychain is round in shape, an inch in diameter, and is made out of stainless steel with an engraved photo of your choosing.

Memorial Keepsake Boxes

A personalized memorial keepsake box is a beautiful and special way to hold onto trinkets or mementos of your loved one like rings, watches, and photographs.

The Everlasting memorial keepsake box is made out of wood, is lined on the inside, and has a white face with decorative corners. The face of the box can be personalized with up to five lines of text and is a perfect fit for grandparents or children.

Memorial Photo Magnets

For individuals, families, and friends who prefer to have a visual reminder of a cherished loved one, memorial photo magnets are a fantastic option.

These magnets are personalized with an image of your loved one in full-color, contain raised letters of your loved one’s name, and adhere to any metal surface. These are sold in sets of ten, are crafted out of metal and use magnetic strips down the back side of the magnet.

Memorial Photographs

If you are looking for a visually stunning photograph that goes beyond hand out tokens, the remembrance memorial portrait, commemoration memorial portrait, forever memorial portrait, always memorial portrait, and memories portrait photograph options are perfect for home use and funeral ceremonies.

These photographs feature paint brush stroke textures and have the rich elegance of an oil painting look and feel. All of our memorial photographs come with wood framing,  are 11”x14” in dimensions, and come with portrait or landscape hanging options.

Personalized Photo Urns/Cremation Urns

Cremation and personalized photo urns are one of the more beloved options as they provide an elegant and vibrant home for your loved one. Cremation and photograph urns are perfect for families who want a resting place for their loved one but want to have the design match your home’s decor.

The standard cremation urn comes with 11 combinations of materials, finishes and colors, while the photograph engraved urn comes with 30 different visual options. The standard cremation urn is your classic vase shape and fits 200-300 cubic inches of cremated ashes, while the photograph engraved urn is a wooden box that fits 190 cubic inches of cremated ashes.

The Differences Between Personalized Memorial Packages

Here at Everlasting Memories, we offer nine personalized memorial packages that range from a very classic selection of mementos for smaller ceremonies to larger packages that offer memorial photographs, cremation & photograph urns, and keepsake boxes for larger ceremonies. The differences between our packages primarily lies in what type of gifts are included and the amount you receive.   The list below starts from our most budget-friendly to our most lavish memorial package options and the main differences are highlighted.

Classic Memorial Package

Our Classic Memorial Package offers 10 beautiful metal photograph magnets, 1 small memorial keepsake box, and 3  photo engraved keychains. This package is perfect for individuals who want to share the memory of their loved one with a few close family members or friends. It is also ideal for those that do not need an urn or buried their loved one and simply are looking for a few personal ways in which they can share a memory. The Classic Memorial Package is also great for those that do not have a large budget.


Classic Standard Memorial Package

Our Classic Standard Urn Memorial Package offers 10 metal photograph magnets, 3 personalized initial keychains,  1 small memorial keepsake box, and adds on 3 custom memorial coins, and 1 personalized standard urn.  The personalized urn has 11 designs you can choose from and it comes in a classic vase design which can hold 200-300 cubic inches of cremated ashes. This is an ideal package for those who want a beautiful resting place for their loved one while still sharing their remembrance with loved ones on a budget.


Classic Photo Urn Memorial Package

Our Classic Photo Urn Memorial Package offers 10 metal photograph magnets, 3 personalized initial keychains, 3 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, and swaps the urn from a standard to a personalized photo urn. The photo urn is a hardwood alder urn that comes with a walnut finish and can be customized with 1 of 30 scenic backgrounds.  The backgrounds have the look and feel of an oil painting and can hold up to 190 cubic inches of cremated ashes.

Royal Memorial Package

Our Royal Memorial Package contains 15 metal photograph magnets, 5 personalized initial keychains, 5 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, and instead of an urn, comes with 1 memorial portrait with the dimensions of 11”instead. This package, while it doesn’t contain an urn, does have a stunning visual reminder of your loved one that is perfect to share with others at any funeral service or at home.


Royal Standard Memorial Package

Our Royal Standard Urn Memorial Package contains 15 metal photograph magnets, 5 personalized initial keychains, 5 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, 1 memorial portrait with the dimensions of 11”and also comes with 3 photo engraved keychains, and 1 standard cremation urn.  The personalized urn has 11 designs you can choose from and it comes in a classic vase design which can hold 200-300 cubic inches of cremated ashes.


Royal Photo Urn Memorial Package

Our Royal Photo Urn Memorial Package contains 15 metal photograph magnets, 5 personalized initial keychains, 5 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, 1 memorial portrait with the dimensions of 11”x14”, 3 photo engraved keychains, and 1 personalized photo urn. The photo urn is a hardwood alder urn that comes with a walnut finish and can be customized with 1 of 30 scenic backgrounds.  The backgrounds have the look and feel of an oil painting and can hold up to 190 cubic inches of cremated ashes.

Grand Memorial Package

Our Grand Memorial Package contains 20 metal photograph magnets, 10 personalized initial keychains, 10 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, 1 memorial portrait with the dimensions of 11”and 5 photo engraved keychains. The main difference with this package to others is that you receive more mementos to hand out to loved ones.


Grand Standard Memorial Package

Our Grand Standard Urn Memorial Package contains 25 metal photograph magnets, 10 personalized initial keychains, 10 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, 1 memorial portrait with the dimensions of 11”x14”, 5 photo engraved keychains, and comes with an additional 5 personalized bookmarks and 1 standard cremation urn.


Grand Photo Urn Memorial Package

Our Grand Photo Urn Memorial Package contains 25 metal photograph magnets, 10 personalized initial keychains, 10 custom memorial coins, 1 small memorial keepsake box, 1 memorial portrait with the dimensions of 11”x14”, 5 photo engraved keychains, 5 personalized bookmarks, and instead of a standard cremation urn comes with a personalized photo urn.

How To Select The Right Package For Your Needs & Budget

When it comes to buying funeral memorial gifts, not only do you have to decide on which products you need for the funeral, wake, or celebration of life event, but also whether you want to provide mementos to those attending. Beyond this, you also need to think about which products best suit the ceremony and which ones will appropriately honor your loved one.  Here are some general tips on how to select the right package based on needs and budget.

Do you need to give away mementos?

Decide if you need mementos to give away at the service. If you do, decide on whether you want a visual memento, a memento that can be carried around, or one that you can buy in bulk.  Good visual souvenirs to give out include photo engraved magnets, while memorial coins and engraved keychains are perfect for carrying around. Memorial bookmarks are fantastic for buying in bulk as are memorial keychains and memorial coins.

Do you want a standard urn or a memorial photograph?

Decide on whether you want a standard cremated urn or a memorial photograph or both.  Depending on what you choose here, a package with just a memorial photograph is going to be less expensive than a package with a standard or photograph engraved urn.

Do you need to buy an urn or large amounts of mementos?

If you do not need any of the bigger items, such as an urn or a large amount of mementos, consider just purchasing a memorial photograph and a smaller amount of tokens to give out at the service.

How many people are you expecting to attend services?

Figure out how many people will be in attendance who would benefit from having a memorial token.

Generally, you want a memorial package that contains the appropriate number of tokens proportionate to those who will be in attendance with either a standard cremation urn, photo engraved urn, or a memorial photograph. Some families may choose to have both an urn and a memorial photograph.

Conclusion

While the passing of a loved one is never easy, having a token or memento of them is an excellent way to keep them close and share in their memory with your fellow family and friends. Those in attendance of the funeral, wake, or life ceremony will be appreciative of the token, and you will have a tangible and meaningful way to honor your loved one’s memory.

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Updated August 14, 2019 by Frances Kay.