Special Ways To Remember A Loved One During The Holiday Season

By: Ian Elliott
Monday, December 19, 2022

In every way, our lives are shaped by the people we love, and it can cause great suffering for humans to lose the strong bonds they've formed with one another. Since the holidays are typically a time of joyous gatherings with loved ones, this suffering hits especially hard during the holiday season.

Ways To Remember A Loved One During The Holiday Season

Our experience at Arbutus Funeral Service has shown us that funerals and other celebrations of life can bring up painful memories of lost loved ones. Here are some suggestions for coping with your loss over the winter holidays:

1. Take Your Time Dealing With Your Loss

When it comes to mourning, there is no set timetable or pace. It may take a few months for some people to get used to the idea of being without their loved ones, while others may need years. As long as you or those around you are safe, there is no wrong way to grieve. Enjoy the season at your own pace; if you don't feel like celebrating, don't. Most of your close friends and relatives will understand if you need some time alone.

2. Create Happy Memories During The Holiday Season

Spending the holiday season after the death of a loved one is especially difficult because of the memories of times spent together. Remembering shared rituals and social gatherings with the deceased can cause significant pain. Making new memories can help you get over that. And the holidays are an excellent time to travel around the world. If that isn't an option, try spending time with friends who aren't connected to the departed person. All of this will contribute to creating beautiful memories.

3. Create Your Own Seasonal Rituals

Rather than carrying on with the same rituals you've always had with your family, create new ones that recognize their positive contributions to your life. You can check items off their bucket list, donate to a charity in their honor, or revisit activities you shared with them in life that they would have enjoyed. Creating new rituals to honor their memory and aid in your healing can temporarily alleviate your grief.

If you need advice on how to honor the memory of a departed loved one this holiday season, please don't hesitate to contact Arbutus Funeral Service. Use this contact us form to get in touch with us with any questions or comments you may have.

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