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The holiday season can be very challenging after losing a loved one. Although the grief and sorrow is still there, it is still possible to find comfort and healing during the holiday season by remembering them and honoring them in special ways. Hughes Family Tribute Center has put on a Candlelight Light Service of Remembrance for many years to help give families a special, healing service to honor loved ones who have passed. However, due to COVID-19, we are breaking tradition for the safety and health of our staff and our families we serve. Although we will not be seeing our families in person, our thoughts are with our families during this challenging season. Because we love and cherish our families, we do not want to leave our families without some guidance or tips on how to honor a loved one this holiday season.
Here are some helpful tips and guidance:
1.Don’t neglect talking about or remembering your loved one. Talking about them or telling stories about them is a healing and beneficial way to incorporate them in your holiday.
2.Do a simple act to honor them. This act can be as simple as baking their favorite cookie, hanging up their stocking, lighting a special candle, or leaving a place at the table for them.
3.Hang up a special ornament to commemorate their life. Whether it is a fun ornament that reminds you of a special hobby they liked or a beautiful ornament with their picture on it, the act of hanging up the ornament makes you feel like your loved one is a part of your holiday season.
4.Take some time for yourself this holiday season. It is ok to say “no” to events or activities if you don’t feel up to it.
5.Make sure to spend time with family and friends. Especially during the holidays, it is important and healing to spend time with others when you are grieving.
6.If you have spiritual beliefs, lean on those beliefs during the holidays. The hope of this season is the same hope that can help you during your grief.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our families and those grieving during this holiday season. God bless each of you and Merry Christmas!