Creating New Family Traditions After A Loss

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, December 21, 2020

The loss of a loved one can destabilize your family structure and stability. Little rituals and traditions that worked before become painful after the death of a family member. At Gallagher Funeral Home, we believe in developing new traditions that help grieving individuals move on in a meaningful way. Here are some tips that can help with the process:

1. Focus On Happy Memories

Create traditions and rituals that focus on happy memories. For example, if your kids have lost a parent, try to celebrate the lost parent’s birthday every year. The party doesn’t have to be elaborate or cheerful, just a small intimate gathering of close family members. You can cook the deceased individual’s favorite dishes and play their favorite music. These kinds of celebrations focus on life and happiness instead of a loss.

2. Light A Candle

You can light a candle in the name of your loved one every year. These kinds of rituals can be especially helpful if you want something discreet but meaningful. Candle flames provide a soft, gentle light and create a soothing atmosphere that can help people heal.

3. Trips and Long Drives

Many families remember their lost loved one by going to a special destination on the anniversary of their death. Some travel to a favorite beach, others tick off bucket list destinations that the deceased individual wasn’t able to visit. That’s a great way to honor a loved one’s memory while ensuring you don’t feel alone.

4. Create A Special Playlist

Create a special playlist that includes songs you and a loved one enjoyed. This playlist will offer comfort when memories are overwhelming and you need some comfort.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at (318) 640-1375 today.

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