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How do you keep a lost loved one close in your heart?
Personally, I like to make collages of photos of the person with family and friends, but I'm sure there are many other ways to memorialize loved ones.
My family made pictures collages of my grandfather for thw viewing when he passed this Christmas. It's been hard, but I think the best thing for me is to look at the video of him with my daughter when she was seven weeks old. It reminds me of how gentle and loving he always was with me, and how no one else could ever make me feel quite so secure.
Watching home videos can be a challenge if it's too soon--but if it's the right time, it can ignite something special. Hearing my dad's voice after so long gave me chills (good ones) because it brought me close to him all over again.