Remembering a recently lost loved one during the holidays
December 18, 2011 12:03 PM Subscribe
My brother died 7 months ago in an unexpected and tragic accident. This will be our first Christmas without him. What are some ideas for new traditions we can start to actively remember him and honor his memory?
posted by isaypotato to human relations (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We're doing a few things differently this year to help make the holidays a bit easier (tree in a different spot of the house, different Christmas Eve celebration location, etc). On Christmas day we usually hang around the house, fiddle with gifts, and spend time together. I foresee this being really difficult, and for the individuals in our family to grieve internally and not want to ruin the "mood" by talking outright about what we're all feeling inside. I'm wondering if people have either heard of, or developed their own rituals or traditions during the holidays to incorporate the memory of a loved one into these yearly 'celebrations.'