As we get older we hear more and more stories of those around us being affected by cancer. Too many times we have friends and family who are infected with this terrible disease and too often do we lose loved ones to cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to highlight some ways that you can remember those in your life who have fought against breast cancer. It is always a good time to honor those we love who fought hard.
When it comes to memorials, some prefer them to be private, only for themselves and a few close family members. This can take the form of making a private donation to organizations supporting those with breast cancer, buying a simple piece of jewelry or a plaque to hang at home that helps them remember the person, or even wearing pink clothing as a symbol of losing a person to breast cancer. The options are endless when it comes to private memorials because only you have to decide what is meaningful to you and your small group of friends or family.
If you’re interested in making more of an impact with your memorial, you can consider a public memorial. What is important is knowing what kind of memorial you want. You could work with a nearby park to sponsor the planting of a tree or small garden. Consider joining one of the many fundraisers that support researching a cure, the patients, families etc. The types of fundraisers vary from Marathons, Walk-A-Thons, and Dance-a-thons, to selling candy bars or fresh fruit. You could plan an annual party or event at your home where the donations raised at the party go towards a favorite nonprofit. Gather friends and family to remember the loved one you lost and use it as a reminder that there is still work to be done to find the cure for cancer.
A number of people decided to establish a foundation in memory of their loved one who died due to breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen foundation was established by her sister to honor Susan G. Komen. Prevent Cancer was established by Carolyn Aldige in memory of her father who had died from cancer. The Pink Fund, The Cancer Couch, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation were all established by breast cancer survivors who wanted to help others with breast cancer whether they ultimately passed away or became a survivor. Establishing your own memorial foundation is an excellent way to remember your loved one.
Whether you choose to create a private or a public memorial for your loved one, it is a worthwhile endeavor. Memorials help us grieve and remember, all at the same time. Your loved one will never be forgotten.