It seems genealogists love death events because they can provide a wealth of information about an ancestor. I don’t know that a scrapbooker (or normal person for that matter), treats death in the same manner. A loved one has passed away and we are often sad and wish that person was still with us. With regard to my Grandpa Lew (or paw-paw as I referred to him in my younger years), he died in my early childhood. His final family history album page will discuss his death.
|Heritage Scrapbooking: A page about death
Most elements from the page kit by No Reimer Reason called Americana;
Tag from Home of the Brave Kit by Nikki Barber
This page is different from the Funeral Page featuring my father. For my father, I could talk about how he died. For Lew, I could only discuss what caused his death and who survived him. What you share on a funeral page would depend upon what you have available for your use. This photo of my grandfather is how I pictured him. This is what he looked like in the pictures after I was born and was similar to what he looked like near his death. I included a photo of his headstone with American flag because he was ‘our soldier’. And I included his funeral program.
All of these elements take center stage and the paper is the same found in the kit I used as the foundation for the entire project. I like the stripes because they are more masculine to me. I don’t think imagine my grandfather as a soft, floral kind of guy. He seemed to enjoy life and his family. He lived an All-American life in an All-American town. The stripes project that emotion, rather than something more ‘sober’.
The family historian in me says to have fun with death pages (weird, I know). The granddaughter crafting a scrapbooker in me says, do it with taste. I would love to see how you treated the subject of death of your loved one in your heritage albums. Include a link in the comment section below so we can all enjoy.
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