How Should a Memorial Donation Be Made?

Losing a loved one can be a very difficult time in someone's life. Emotions can be all over the place and it can be hard to focus. Many people chose to send flowers to the family and funeral home to express their thoughts and respect. While this is definitely acceptable and appreciated it, others sometimes wonder if there would be different ways to honor the memory of their loved one.

Perhaps there was a cause that the person supported and believed in, or maybe they fought a courageous battle against a deadly disease. All these thoughts can lead to more questions. Perhaps the thought of a donation enters the mind. The question is how should memorial donations be done?

Answer: With a bit of thought about causes and things that were of importance, memorial donations can be a unique way to honor the memory of a loved one.

A person's life is comprised of many things. Each of these things play a role in shaping who that person was. Maybe the loved one spent their time supporting causes that helped people who were in need. Perhaps they were a lover of animals or a veteran from a war. They may have had family that went to war or suffered losses from diseases. They may have been battling a disease and a donation to a charity helps with researching new and better ways to fight that disease.

Spending a little time to identify parts of a person's life that made them unique can go a long way to helping decide on how a memorial donation should be done. It is normal to look for ways that can honor a memory for longer than flowers will last.

To start, identify causes that were of importance. This can be fairly easy or difficult. If need be, reach out to family members and get their input. Many organizations give you the ability to make a donation in another person's name. It is a way of honoring the loved one's commitment to something, even after death.

An internet search can also be very beneficial in your search to finding the right place to make a donation in memory of a loved one. This can help navigate the way through reputable and worthy causes. It can also help determine what type of charities to stay away from.

Additional Resources

  1. CharityWatch is an organization that has been around for 25 years. They have useful articles and information about various charities. They investigate and uncover fraudulent charities and show how money is used. They provide listings of top rated charities to help make an educated decision on what charity to chose. This link will deliver you to their ranking process and explain how it works. 
  2. Charity Navigator is a useful website that has been around for many years. The website allows searches by specific names or keywords or a section to discover charities. They rate the charities and give a breakdown on how they are rated. There is also an option to donate right from the site to one or multiple charities. This link goes straight to the charities they rate with a perfect score! 
  3. The American Heart Association is an example of charity that is a for a worthwhile cause. With heart disease on the rise, it is important to look for ways to fight back. The money donated here goes towards funding research for heart disease and stroke. The website features more information on how to donate in memory of a loved one. this link goes to the memorial donations page. 

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