When someone we love passes away, it’s always going to be incredibly difficult to deal with. We all have different ways of processing our loss, and a lot of people find it cathartic to devise a sweet and symbolic way to memorialize that special someone.
For those who are inked or have always planned on getting a tattoo, body art can be one idea for creating a permanent and lasting reminder of that individual. The difficulty lies in choosing a design, so a little inspiration can come in handy.
With this in mind, here are five super-sweet ideas that you can personalize for your own unique purposes.
When we lose a person we love, we often yearn for a final opportunity to connect with them. For some, this is best achieved through writing a letter, telling them all of the things we’d have liked to; for others, a psychic chat can be incredibly poignant, giving you the chance to commune with the one you’ve lost and gain insight into what may lay ahead.
Another option is to get inked, and one idea is to get a quote that reminds you of that person or perhaps embodies the ethos they lived by. It’s entirely up to you whether this is linked to their passing or simply sums up their life, but it can be a lovely way to remember someone once they’re gone.
If you have a sample of their handwriting, another idea is to have this inked onto you. That’s because our handwriting is incredibly personal, and also totally unique to us as individuals. While it’s simple and unassuming, it will nonetheless remind you of that person every time you look at it, hopefully conjuring fond memories for you to immortalize them by.
Their favorite flower
Flowers are one of the most popular tattoo designs, and there are lots of good reasons for this. Firstly, they tend to look incredibly pretty, while also featuring bright colors and a delicate yet striking aesthetic. In addition, they have a lot of symbolic meaning behind them. This is something you can tap into, either by choosing a flower that represents love and loss, such as a forget-me-not, or else by picking out their favorite bloom and having it etched onto your skin forever.
Did you and the person you lost have a place that was particularly special to you, or else that you wanted to go to together? If so, another idea is to have the coordinates of this location inked onto you. Doing so is sure to conjure special memories whenever you look at your tattoo, and will also remind you that no matter where you go in the world, you’ll always have somewhere special and meaningful to come back to when you want to feel close to that person.
Quotes can be an incredibly sweet and meaningful tribute to someone you loved, but so too can a promise or vow. Lots of people find it helpful to remind themselves that grief is only temporary and loss is not forever. For this reason, some individuals opt to choose a statement that reflects this, such as ‘we only part to meet again’ or ‘always in my mind, forever in my heart’.
When it comes to memorializing someone you love, the truth is it doesn’t matter what you have tattooed on yourself – it’s the beautiful sentiment behind your ink that counts.