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10 Ways to Remember Your Departed Spouse on Valentine’s Day

Posted by Regine Louise Mendoza on February 12, 2024

Valentine’s Day can be a bittersweet occasion for those who have lost a spouse or partner. While the day may evoke feelings of sadness and longing, it also presents an opportunity to honor the memory of your loved one in meaningful ways. Here are ten heartfelt suggestions to help you remember your departed spouse and commemorate their presence and the love you shared:

1. Create a Memory Jar

Remember Departed Spouse through Memory Jar

Fill a jar with handwritten notes detailing fond memories, inside jokes, and special moments shared with your departed spouse or partner. Throughout the day, randomly select notes from the jar and take a moment to reflect on the cherished times you shared together.

2. Plant a Memorial Garden

Designate a corner of your garden or a potted plant indoors as a living memorial to your loved one. Choose flowers or plants that held significance to them or opt for varieties that symbolize love and remembrance. Tending to this garden can serve as a therapeutic way to nurture your connection with your departed spouse or partner.

3. Host a Remembrance Dinner

Remembrance Party for the Departed Love One

Gather friends and family for a remembrance dinner in honor of your departed loved one. Prepare their favorite dishes or recipes that hold sentimental value, and take turns sharing stories and anecdotes that celebrate their life and legacy. Breaking bread together can foster a sense of connection and support during this emotional time.

4. Create a Tribute Playlist

Compile a playlist of songs that hold special meaning to you and your departed spouse or partner. Whether it’s the song that played during your first dance or tunes that captured their essence, listening to these melodies can evoke cherished memories and provide comfort on Valentine’s Day.

5. Write Love Notes in the Sky

Release biodegradable balloons or lanterns into the sky. Each adorned with a handwritten love note or message to your departed loved one. Watch as these messages ascend into the heavens, symbolizing the eternal nature of your love and the enduring bond you share.

6. Volunteer in Their Honor

Give back to the community in remembrance of  your loved ones.

Devote time to a cause or charity that was dear to your departed spouse or partner. Whether it’s volunteering at a local animal shelter, participating in a beach cleanup, or assisting at a community food bank, giving back in their name can be a powerful way to honor their legacy and perpetuate their spirit of generosity.

7. Create a Memory Scrapbook

Gather photographs, ticket stubs, and other mementos to create a scrapbook documenting your journey together. Get creative with embellishments and captions, capturing the essence of your shared experiences and the love that continues to live on in your heart.

8. Host a Movie Marathon

Plan a movie marathon featuring films that held special significance to you and your departed loved one. Whether it’s their favorite romantic comedy or a classic love story, snuggling up with a bowl of popcorn and revisiting these cinematic moments can evoke fond memories and bring a sense of closeness on Valentine’s Day.

9. Write Love Letters to the Future

Writing love letters for your loved ones.

Compose letters to your future self, expressing your hopes, dreams, and reflections on love and loss. Seal these letters in envelopes to be opened on future Valentine’s Days. These will serve as a poignant reminder of the journey you’ve undertaken and the enduring power of love.

10. Visit Your Loved One

Remember Departed Spouse: Golden Haven Memorial Park

Pay a visit to your partner, whether it be in the memorial park or at a columbarium. Spend quiet moments reflecting on the love you shared and expressing gratitude for the memories that continue to sustain you. This act of remembrance can bring a sense of closeness and connection on Valentine’s Day.

In embracing these heartfelt gestures, may you find solace and comfort in honoring the memory of your departed spouse or partner on Valentine’s Day, keeping their love alive in your heart now and always.


  • Regine is a writer for Golden Haven Memorial Parks, Inc. With a passion for story-telling and helping others, she brings a unique perspective and warm voice to Golden Haven's blog. When she's not writing, you can find her in the kitchen whipping up something delicious or outside exploring the great outdoors.

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