Remembering And Honoring A Loved One Through Holiday Meals

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, December 19, 2022

The death of a loved one can feel like the end of all things to a young adult. But as you get older and gain more life experience, you'll realize that this is a common occurrence. The holidays are a challenging time to deal with loss and sadness. After a loss, it can be difficult to participate in holiday meals when everyone gathers to partake in the season's bounty.

How can you express your grief while still enjoying the holiday season? That can be done by honoring their legacy in all of your family's festive celebrations. Here are some suggestions from the advisors at Nutmeg State Cremation Society for remembering departed loved ones over holiday meals.

Ways Of Honoring A Loved One Through Holiday Meals

Include Them In Your Festivities

Rather than avoiding celebrations due to a person's absence, it is preferable to accept the reality of the situation and proceed with the traditions as planned. Recounting and honoring your loved ones who have died is a simple way to breathe new life into an old practice—saying a prayer before the holiday meal or before giving out gifts is a tradition that everyone can participate in.

Cook The Foods They Liked

A wonderful gesture to remember a loved one who has passed away is to prepare their favorite meal. Encourage the next generation to appreciate it or at least try some, just like your cherished one did. Enjoy every taste and aroma for them.

Raise A Toast During The Meal

Take a minute to raise a toast in memory of a loved one or guide the group in prayer before beginning holiday meals. This can be a wonderful way to remember them and provide an opportunity for everyone to stop and think about the good moments they shared with the person who is no longer with them.

Share Memories At The Festive Table

It's acceptable to remember a loved one who died over the holidays and to share memories of earlier celebrations or other occasions. By having an honest conversation with your loved one, you may start the process of getting used to the celebrations without them being present physically.

Use this online form to contact Nutmeg State Cremation Society with any questions about our funeral services, cremation prices, or information about honoring a loved one through holiday meals. We can assist you with every step of the cremation process.

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