Don't forget to honor your special loved one in a special way by visiting their gravesite, making a donation in their memory, or honoring their memory in your chosen way.
As an example, I enjoy posting the "verses and flowers" on the website Find A Grave. You can choose flowers or other symbols from those submitted and used by others or create your own. They can range from plain and simple to fancy and flashy.
Most of all, you can remember your loved ones at Christmas and all year through by sharing your memories of them with others through the written or spoken word.
You are the key to ensuring that the good deeds and accomplishments of your departed relatives and ancestors live on to inspire coming generations through your sharing of information and your memories about them.
If possible, do what you can to make sure their gravesites are kept dignified and clean. Photograph their stones and repair or replace them if you can when needed.
Their markers tell everyone walking past their gravesites that they lived, who they were, and when they lived, and perhaps if they were a veteran.
In this way, they will be properly honored, remembered, and not lost to history.