Remembering How to Grieve
Throughout the holidays one of the most difficult things for us to do is grieve the loss of a loved one. The winter season is supposed to be at time of merrymaking and festivity, not a time of remembrance, of mourning the loss of a loved one, right?
We couldn’t disagree more with that. Remembering our loved ones will help us heal from the loss and it can be one of the best ways we have to keep someone’s memory alive. Luckily there are many ways that can be done.
You and your family can participate in community events designed to celebrate how important these people were to you. For example, the annual Tree of Remembrance and Candle Lighting ceremony held at Santa Rosa Mortuary provides people with an opportunity to hear words of inspiration and hope for those who have lost someone. It is also a way to surround yourself with others who are also going through their own grief. These fellow community members know what this time of year can be like; they understand the need to honor our unique grief processes, especially during this time of year when so much attention is placed upon being of good cheer.
We encourage you to remember to grieve for your loved ones who have passed. If you do not know where to start, then consider looking into local hospice and church calendars. News sites often list public memorial services.
You can also plan a special event with intimate loved ones. A candle lighting at home as well as sharing memories of special times with one another can ease the sense of isolation that grief can produce.
Holidays are often not considered to be a time of remembrance and so there is often little room made to cope with grief for treasured loved ones. However, when you take time to honor your loss and to let others also honor their loss then this season of caring becomes all the richer for it.
Tree of Remembrance and Candle Lighting:
Tues. Dec. 12, 6PM
1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95404