It’s always going to be hard when a loved one passes away; these are often the most difficult times we have to go through, and there will be a big mixture of different emotions, from sadness to anger to fear and even joy at a life well-lived. Finding the right way for you to get through this time is crucial, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to grieving; you’ll need to do what’s best for you.
One thing that can help and that you could consider is to find different ways to remember your loved one. People are often afraid that the memory of a loved one will fade, but if you can find new and unique ways to remember them, this won’t ever happen. Read on for some ideas.
Light A Candle
Although this might not be something that appeals to everyone, if you are attending church on a regular or even semi-regular basis, you can light a candle for your loved one each time you go. So far from becoming a habit that you do just because you’re used to doing it, every time you light a candle, you can think of a wonderful memory of your loved one and ensure that you never forget the things they did or the way they were. Remember, when you light a candle, you should make a donation to the church, and in this way, you are doing good at the same time as remembering your loved one.
Donate To Charity
If the idea of donating sounds like something you would like to do on a bigger scale, then this is another great way to remember your loved ones. You can donate to the American Red Cross on their behalf, for example. In addition, this is an ideal way to declutter your home and to find a place for anything they might have left behind that you honestly have no use for. It might be hard to determine what you should give away, but you can’t keep everything, and no one would expect you to.
If you give to charity rather than sell it or throw it away, you can rest assured that you are doing good, helping yourself, and ensuring that your departed loved one leaves behind a wonderful legacy at the same time.
Pay It Forward
Have you heard of the Pay It Forward movement? This is a fantastic concept that is all about being kind. The idea is that you done one small kindness each day for someone, and hopefully, they will then do the same for someone else, hence the name. For example, it could be paying for the next person’s order in a drive-through (and then they might do the same and so on). Or perhaps you pick up some litter from someone’s driveway, or you help someone across the road or anything at all. Small things make a big difference.
Do this with your loved ones in mind, and you’ll remember them. What kindnesses would they have done? Try to follow in their footsteps, and you’ll find their memory stays alive.