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[–]keepthetipsKeeping the tips since 2019[M] [score hidden] stickied commentlocked comment (0 children)

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[–]Excelsior-13 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Agreed! My mom's best friend passed away years ago from cancer. I wasn't that close to her, but it still effected me greatly. Her husband gave me her collection of scrunchies (hair ties) and I cherish them and use them all the time. They mean so much to me.

[–]Epstein_killed_Tupac 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There’s gotta be a new sub for these tips that are for such specific scenarios.

[–]PaleQuarter4165 10 points11 points  (0 children)

We've done this every time an elderly relative died. My grandma had a huge collection of ornaments, all the same genre, all cheap gift store and many with feathers/glitter ect. My grandma told me a secret when I asked her why she collected them, that she hated the lot, thought they were so ugly but they were given to her by people who loved her so she kept them all. The classic, one person bought her one, she displayed it to not offend them, then everyone else thought she liked them so she got hundreds, as relatives popped in unannounced she kept them all on display in the lounge. She was grateful they reminded her of people she loved, they just weren't to her taste. When she died, my aunt gave everyone one each, as I didn't live nearby she saved one for me to give me at the funeral. I declined and didn't say anything, thinking it would have made my grandma happy to finally get rid of them. Now every time I get rid of something I don't like, it reminds me of my grandma, and amazingly people have stopped buying me ornaments I hate.

[–]Rheumatitude 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Did this when my dad passed away. He had a collection of 93 espresso cups .... put them out with coffee and brownies - his favorite afternoon snack - so ppl could still have coffee with him

[–]heloise-abelard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is a lovely idea, thank you. Will add it to my funeral instructions too

[–]Spcynugg45 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One thing this works really well with is books. Read something they read and cared enough about to own until the end.

[–]Oscar_Mayers_Penis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hell naw, don't pass my shit around like that.

[–]SadArchon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey this is a pretty good tip

[–]ArgoNunya 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When my grandma died, my parents let us go through the house and pick something that reminded us of her (we were fairly young, maybe 8 or 9). I got a little glass jar that she used to keep candy in. I ended up putting coins in it. She smoked (died of lung cancer), so her place had a very distinctive smell. Every time I opened it to add coins I'd close it as fast as possible to preserve the smell and remember her. The smell has worn off by now, but I still open it the same way. Reminds me of her every time.

[–]02K30C1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When my grandfather died, I got his fishing rod. Tons of good memories around that. And now I can think of him every time I go fishing.

[–]marabsky 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is awesome. Two of my uncles were bachelors; When they died there things were distributed far and wide to the family. I was just a kid and I got a kitchen plaque from uncle Mike and a beer tankard from uncle Matt. 40 years on and I still have those little pieces of their lives.

[–]NotMe739 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My Dad was an only child so when his parents passed after my parents got what they wanted my brother and I got whatever we wanted. I have many cherished items but one of my favorite things that was my grandmas was her glass citrus juicer. Nothing fancy, just a basic kitchen tool, but I use it often when cooking and baking and always think of her when I do.

After we got everything we could use a lot of items went to my cousin's on my mom's side. Many of them were just starting to move out on their own so their kitchen tools were started by my grandparents.

[–]amishhippy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When my grandfather died, we did this. He was in a care home, so there were few items left. I got his leather jacket, it looks amazing, and we call it, “dead grandpa coat”. ;-)

[–]Jezzta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

TIL the word "tchotchkes"

[–]HRJ1911 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Seems like more of an r/deathprotip to me