Grief Memory Box: After a loved one dies and time passes, significant items are sometimes lost track of, and memories may begin to fade. I like helping clients to create a central place where they can keep these items and go to think about that person. A memory box can help contain grief and aid in processing and emotional regulation. Have the client personalize the box themselves. A memory box:
- Preserves memories through photos, home videos, notes/writing from the deceased, a memory book(one of my favorite grief activities), etc.
- Keeps small items that belonged to the deceased safe
- Increases communication by encouraging family members to contribute to the box, share memories and reflect on their loss together.
- Increases self-expression when art supplies, journals, a memory book, etc. are included
- Aids in emotional-regulation (and can be combined with a “calm box” to aid in coping)
- Helps clients face grief/pain, rather than avoiding it
- Provides as a transitional object at the termination of grief therapy