With all that has been happening in the world of late, people are experiencing more grief over their lost loved ones than usual. It can be so difficult to enjoy family dinners and traditions without those who mattered most to you. It is unrealistic to envision a time where you do not feel those losses and mourn them. However, there are several ways you can positively honor those loved ones and keep their spirit alive throughout the years. To better help you cope and celebrate their lives, here are a few ways to remember your loved ones.
Hold a Special Ceremony for Them
Whether it is a small family candlelight vigil, a lantern release, or simply putting together a slideshow of their most memorable photos and videos; putting aside a day to honor them through ceremony can help you process those feelings of grief and release some of those emotions. Time spent remembering those individuals can turn those feelings of sadness into joy and contentment knowing their spirit stays alive in you and your family.
Keep Their Traditions Alive
Have a sentimental and pensive conversation with your family about your favorite memories with those individuals. (It’s okay to shed a few tears.) Begin to think about the best ways to keep those memories alive and turn them into yearly traditions in remembrance of your loved ones. Keeping those traditions alive and designating special time to continue them can be a powerful cathartic experience and build off of those cherished memories.
Give a Gift to Those Less Fortunate in Their Honor
Did your loved one have a passion or soft spot for a charity or specific organization? What a better way to honor them than to serve others in their honor. May it be an animal shelter, veteran’s charity, or the Salvation Army, offering charity in their name can be a rewarding and sentimental act of remembrance this season.
Make sure your loved ones remain a happy and memorable part of your life. John P. Feeney Funeral Home has plenty of resources to get you through these difficult stages in life. You are never alone.