Keeping Their Memory Alive
Our deceased loved ones never truly leave our hearts. We feel their presence when we see someone who reminds us of them, hear a certain song or look at photos. Yet, their absence is usually most often felt during special gatherings and celebrations—weddings, birthdays, holidays, and other occasions—leaving us feeling the weight of our loss over and over again. In a big room of people you love, it’s easy to focus on who is missing.
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Even though your grief may always be there, you can find ways to ease it, especially during those festivities when your deceased loved ones are most missed. The following five ideas will inspire you to keep including your deceased family members and friends in your celebrations so their memories can live on.
1. Leave a Chair Open
This symbolic gesture, seen mainly at weddings, allows you to include your passed-on loved one by keeping a chair open for them. Just leave the seat empty, or place a placard explaining why the chair is empty. You can also put their photo in a frame at their seat. These activities allow everyone attending the celebration to see, remember, and feel your loved one’s presence too.
2. Mention Their Names
If your celebration includes a prayer or toast, include the names of those who can’t be with you and perhaps share your favorite memories of them. This is particularly powerful during holiday meals, especially when younger generations (who may not have met your deceased loved ones) are in attendance. In this way, your family and friends will live on through the stories you share.
3. Incorporate a Recipe
Perhaps your grandma made a mean mashed potato dish or your best friend used to bake you chocolate chip cookies for your birthday. Even though they aren’t here to whip up their fabulous culinary creations, you can remember them by taking up the torch. Try it during holiday meals, on their birthdays or anniversaries, or even at a wedding. Food certainly brings people together and this idea allows you to bridge the gap between the living and the spirit.
4. Keep a Tradition Going
If they weren’t much of a cook, you could continue one of their traditions. Did they request a certain song at every wedding? You could certainly do that for them. Did they organize a flag football game after the Thanksgiving meal? Get one going! Whatever it is, you can honor them by being the one to keep the tradition going. This allows everyone who knew him or her to take a moment to remember the wonderful contributions they made to your family or friend group.
5. Carry a Piece of Your Deceased Loved Ones With You
Particularly for weddings, some people may choose to wear a piece of jewelry owned a deceased loved one or incorporate a piece of their grandmother’s wedding gown into their own. Holding or using a token or object during a celebration can be a potent, tangible way to have this person with you. Plus, doing so creates an heirloom that can be given to future generations too.
How do you keep the memory of your deceased loved ones alive? Share in the comments below.
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