Recently, our guild suffered the great loss of one of our most generous and gifted quilters. In honor of her, the ladies all got together to make a quilt for her son who is also a guild member (not to mention the youngest and only male)!
GTPQG makes memorial blocks quite often for the loss of any guild member's immediate family member. We use a simple standard 8 1/2" 16-patch block pattern of squares and HSTs. For the loss of a male family member, we make blue hearts on a muslin background; pink hearts on a white background for females.
It may be a lot of work sometimes, but in the end, most of the recipients appreciate the thought, time and effort that goes into each block gifted to them in their time of sorrow.