• On Mar 3, 2018
    Connie from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My husband passed away February 7th. We are DVC members and my family will be coming to Disney World on March 27th to watch my granddaughter march with the Whitmer band on April 3 . Is here any way to leave a memorial for him while we are there?

    Oh, Connie! I am so sorry for your family's sad loss. May you find comfort in memories and strength in the love of family and friends.

    I am glad that your family will have the chance to be in the Walt Disney World bubble. When my mom passed away, we found comfort in being insulated by the Disney "magic." I hope it has the same effect for your family.

    While there is no way to leave a permanent memorial at Walt Disney World, there are things you can do to honor your husband's memory. Many families wear t-shirts with their loved one's picture on them, so it helps them feel their loved one is near. I have also seen people wearing buttons that are available at guest services that say they are celebrating their loved one. I'm also aware of one young mom who lost her infant son, but she took a stuffed animal from among the baby's things and had her picture taken holding it with the characters so that she had a permanent memorial for herself.

    If you wish to do something permanent, there is an organization not too far from Walt Disney World. Give Kids the World Village is a place where children who face life threatening illness can go on their wish trips to get away from the medical confines of their illness for a few days. The Village sells memorial bricks - similar to what you will see at the Magic Kingdom - that are used in the gardens and pathways around the village. You can purchase one on their website and have it engraved as you wish.

    Know that your family will be in my thoughts. 

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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