Ways to Honor a Deceased Love One
One bittersweet truth in life is knowing it doesn’t last. We can’t always guarantee a tomorrow. Many don’t always realize how finite life is until they’ve witnessed death.
While death is normal, it’s not abnormal to feel a loss when your loved one is no longer here. Grief can last a few months and even years, so it’s always an excellent idea to ask for help when needed.
Nevertheless, while one may experience grief, it’s also important to celebrate the person’s life. After all, what better way to ensure they’ve existed than by honoring their legacy? Here are ways you can honor your deceased loved ones:
1. Live for them.
Grief is a powerful response to loss; some may be more susceptible to its side effects than others. Feeling defeated and plagued with negative thoughts can be easy when this happens.
If you have ever experienced such negative thoughts, consider finding a way to process them healthily, like journaling or talking to a loved one or therapist.
Getting help is essential when feeling grief because it reminds you are not alone. Once you learn to appreciate life more, you’ll find that the person’s memory will continue to live within you even when some days are challenging.
2. Carry out their legacy.
A legacy can be anything significant to the loved one. Is it a charity organization they’re passionate about? A set of values? A creative endeavor like gardening? Whatever it is, honor their memory by playing an active role in their legacy, like donating to their charity, helping their family, or caring for their garden.
3. Keep connections alive.
Grief has a way of keeping us from reaching out to others. The pain of losing someone can affect our entire world, and before we know it, we have retreated into our shells and kept a distance from other loved ones.
One way to prevent isolation is to value your existing relationships with others. Consider offering support to other bereaved individuals or getting together and celebrating your loved one’s life now and then. Keep your remaining connections alive as a reminder that you still have time left on this earth.
Takeaway: Grief is a complex issue that needs to be addressed with sensitivity. If you’re struggling or know someone struggling with grief, please notify a professional counselor or therapist.