I know, I know. It’s only October. But with the holidays coming fast, it’s the perfect time to strategize how you’re going to honor and celebrate the family and friends you never want to forget. How? Keep reading.

Stir recollections of Halloweens past and make new memories by attending unusual events. You can also give cherished heirlooms a creepy Halloween makeover.

Set your holiday table meaningfully and carve out time to create a special holiday playlist. Cooking also connects us to loved ones. Make a cherished dessert or frame a love-worn handwritten recipe card, using it as a sentimental centerpiece. As Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow explains in one of her cookbooks, “I always feel closest to my father…when I am in the kitchen.”

Gift-Giving in December
Surprise a family member with a one-of-a-kind piece of commemorative jewelry or personalize children’s games with photographs of loved ones who’ve died. For more ideas, read “5 Meaningful Gifts for $100 or less” here.

Inspired to learn even more about ways to keep your loved one’s memory alive during the holidays and rest of the year? I offer 85 concrete and creative “Forget Me Not” opportunities in my book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.