Today when clearing out the items of life past and the residue of those now gone. I thought about the nature of keepsakes.
These keepsakes are only physical things, they are not the person and cannot connect us to them more strongly than our memories of them.
So why do we hold so strongly to these things? We do not, we hold to that which was of them. Because it is them that we value and wish to find an expression of them still in the physical world.
These things are not precious, our memories of those we loved are.