5 Ideas for Creating New Holiday Traditions After a Death

By: Brian K. Daly
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

When a loved one passes away, more often than not, you lose a part of your traditions during the holiday season. The absence of the person intensifies the loss as well as the meaning of a tradition. If you add a new tradition at such a time it will help you recover from your grief. Here are some simple ideas for adding a new tradition.

1. Experiment With Something New - A new tradition means new thinking to get over the feelings of sorrow and grief. You can participate in community service during the holiday celebration, join a run, or go to a home for the elderly and spend time visiting to spread cheer.

2. Loved One’s Favourite Dish - Holiday festivities means delicious foods and desserts to indulge in. Your loved one’s favourite dish can become a part of the spread at the dinner table, which will be sure to bring up fond memories to exchange.

3. Holiday Memory Box: Put out a box, slips of paper, and pens and ask friends and fanily who visit to write down their favorite holiday memories, or memories of loved ones. Have them put their slips in the box and read them aloud over dessert. 

4. Arrange A Family Reunion - A family reunion after a loved one’s death is a nice way to heal. It helps you share memories in a meaningful way and sets a new tradition of better bonding.

5. Place Flowers At The Grave - Communicating with the loved one during holiday festivities is emotionally soothing. A new tradition is set when you visit and place flowers at the grave of the loved one and express your love.

It is good to keep in mind that traditions don't have to be set in stone, and can be tweaked as family dynamics change. This makes them meaningful and relevant. What are your favorite family traditions? Tell us in the comments below.

If you want to know more about our services, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

What is Direct Cremation Disposition?

In the direct cremation disposition option, the cremation occurs soon after the death of the person. There would be no funeral service conducted before it, making it an affordable option for many. ...

The Advantages of Working with a Family Owned Funeral Home

Funerals are an important part of the grieving process. Most family members are in a difficult emotional state, which means you need to make sure all aspects of the event goes smoothly. You need a ...

How to Personalize an Obituary Notice

An obituary is an announcement of death. It lets people in the community know about the deceased and their passing. Most families want to make sure the obituary is compassionate, heartfelt, and per...

How to Help a Friend Through the Grieving Process

When a friend loses a loved one, it can be difficult to find ways to help them through the grief. Many friends feel like they don’t do enough and are left floundering or uncertain. At Ocean County ...

A Guide to the Benefits Available to Veterans in New Jersey

Military veterans get several benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The department has a dedicated program to handle death benefits like a funeral, burial, and memorial expenses. At Ocea...

4 Advantages of an Urn Vault

The cremation process produces ashes and these ashes are placed in an urn, which is then handed over to the family. Some families choose to scatter or bury the ashes, but some prefer to keep the ur...

Cremation vs. Burial Costs

Choosing between cremation or burial is a personal decision and people often consider all factors involved carefully. Things like religious tradition, family opinions, the deceased wishes, etc, pla...

What Can A Funeral Director Assist Me With?

Funeral directors are trained and experienced professionals who handle all aspects of funeral arrangements. They provide support, advice, and will answer any question you may have about the process...

Financial Benefits of Preplanning a Funeral

Pre-planning a funeral is an easy and convenient process. It gives people complete control over their last rites and ensures their wishes are carried out without fail. Pre-planning also reduces the...

Top Tips On Staying Safe In Public During The Pandemic

The COVID-19 virus is exceptionally contagious. Not only can it spread via touch but also through the air, making it extremely dangerous for people to step out into public spaces. Today i...