I return to the sacred places of memory to remind myself that it is not sorrow that lives there, it is my love. And my love can hold pain, loss, and sorrow with tenderness. Love is what heals me. I return not to wallow in yesterday. I return to celebrate the gift of life living in what love has given me today.
– Benjamin Allen
Places can have a special significance when it comes to grieving – they hold unique value as sites of remembrance or sites where memories were created. These might be at intersections of life, where we met our loved one, locations we went while traveling, or activities we performed together. It might simply be an armchair where our loved one used to sit during family gatherings or chats. Is there a physical place or location that builds a shared narrative or ties your heart to your loved one?
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Examples of photos of places or photos/videos of travels
Our Family Kitchen
My mum (Mabel) passed away a long time ago, but to this day, I enjoy cooking my mother’s apple pie recipe. Returning to the same kitchen and smelling the apple pie reminds me of her and those happy times.
Our favourite travel spot
This was one of our favourite travel spots. My wife (Peggy) loved taking our dogs to look at the sunrise together. It was one of her favourite photography spots, as she claims it has the best lighting.
Just downstairs our place - the void deck
My dad (Gopal) used to spend his time reading newspapers and playing cards with his friends. Whenever I walk past the seats at the void deck, I sometimes feel like I can see him sitting there at his usual seat, joking with his friends and smiling ever so widely.
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