For those grieving the death of a family member or close friend, the holiday season can be a somber reminder of their absence. Though it is important to find ways to memorialize your lost loved one year round, the holiday season can be a particularly special time to honor their memory.
Whether honoring past traditions or creating new ones, there are many ways to remember a lost loved one during the holiday season. While they are no longer present physically, make sure your loved one is a part of your holiday celebrations with these six special tributes.
Display Remembrance Ornaments
Displaying an ornament in honor of your loved one can be a special way to pay tribute during the holidays. Whether you buy a cute ornament off the shelf, or purchase a special personalized photo or memorial ornament, they can be a great visual reminder of the person you’ve lost. If the whole family would like to participate in choosing remembrance ornaments, consider purchasing a small tree, and use the new ornaments to decorate together.
Hang their Stocking
When hanging your family’s stockings, you can still include your lost loved one. Rather than filling the stocking with gifts, encourage family members to leave special notes in the stocking that you can read during your family’s holiday gathering. The notes can include favorite memories, moments when you thought of your loved one, words of encouragement for other family members or general messages of gratitude.
Make a Financial Contribution in their Name
There’s no better way to honor a lost loved one during the season of giving than donating to a charity or cause in their name. When possible, choose an organization your loved one was interested in supporting. But, if you’re unsure where to donate, local churches and places of worship, food pantries, homeless shelters, nursing homes, schools and law enforcement organizations are all particularly active in fundraising during the holidays.
Include Them in Your Holiday Dinner
If space permits, adding an extra place setting to your dinner table is a small way you can symbolize your loved one’s presence during your holiday dinner. Before you begin your meal, go around the table and share your favorite memories that include the person who has passed away. For an extra touch, be sure to include one of their favorite holiday foods on the menu.
Give Memorial Gifts to Family Members
In observance of a recent loss, a memorial gift is the perfect stocking stuffer. There are many gift options for small keepsakes such as personalized keychains, frames, mugs or pendants you can give a group of family members. Check out our online Sympathy Store to find the perfect gift.
Visit their Gravesite
If your loved one’s gravesite is located in the same general area that you celebrate the holidays, stopping by their gravesite is a wonderful way to honor their memory. You may even consider leaving seasonal flowers, such as poinsettias, or a small holiday wreath, ornament or memento to adorn their gravesite.
Remember, coping with death is a personal matter, so when finding ways to memorialize a lost loved one during the holidays, be sure to plan a tribute that makes you, and other people who were close to the deceased, comfortable.
For additional resources to help you in your time of need, visit our Recommended Support Resources online or contact Bevis Funeral Home at 850-385-2193.