Creating New Family Traditions After Loss

By: Danny Amoruccio
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Losing a loved one is never easy and every family must come up with their own ways to cope. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we encourage grieving individuals to come up with new family traditions after a loved one’s demise. Rituals offer a great way to honor their memory while breaking away from the norm. Here are some tips that can help:

1. Prepare their Favorite Dish

Prepare your deceased loved one's favorite dish on special occasions like their birthday, anniversary, or holidays. You will remember how happy they were when they had that dish and feel happy as well.

2. Favorite Playlist

Did your loved one have favorite songs, bands, or musicals? Did they have any songs they would sing under their breath while going about their day? Make a playlist with these songs and listen to them on special occasions as well.

3. Donate or Volunteer

Donating or volunteering is a great way to teach children the value of charity. It is also a great way to honor a deceased loved one’s name. Some people make and distribute meal packets to the homeless during the holiday season. Others visit the local charity organization and offer help.

4. Lighting a Candle

You can light a candle in a loved one’s name on special occasions as a way to honor them. Some light them every week at Church while others do it on special occasions. It is a gentle and graceful way to honor a loved one’s memory.

5. Go Somewhere

Some families visit their loved one’s favorite place on special occasions. For example, if the deceased loved going to the local beach, you can visit it once a month or on their birthday.

If you want to know more or need to book a service, just give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on (203) 222-8646 or contact us through our online form.

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