Anniversaries, special dates, and rituals often create an emotional bond between people and can be acknowledged weekly, monthly, or annually as meaningful dates are remembered and shared. They can also conjure up a deep emotional impact for the bereaved. For many people it is important to acknowledge these days and do something important to remember those they have lost. Here are some ideas or ways to remember loved ones:
- Reminisce and tell favorite stories or memories about the person who has died.
- Put up photos to remember them.
- On special days like a birthday or holiday, buy a gift and donate it to someone in need or make a donation to a charitable organization in the person’s name.
- Make a toast or say a prayer or blessing at the start of a family meal.
- Plant a tree or flower in a meaningful place.
- Light a candle on a specific date at a specific time.
- Write letters or a journal to the loved one to express your feelings.
- Create a new tradition. Instead of celebrating at the same place in the same way as when your loved one was alive, find a new place and a new way.
There are many ways to remember loved ones. Choose ways that are healthy and important, whether it’s remembering specific items or moments, or remembering them through special rituals and events.
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