Creating New Family Traditions After Loss

By: George Darte
Friday, August 26, 2022

George Darte Funeral Home has witnessed many families struggle to recover their sense of joy following a death. If your loved one has passed away, you could find that the holidays no longer bring you the same pleasure, or you might decide that you no longer wish to participate in your usual family traditions. Those grieving typically have a more difficult time than usual during the holidays.

Many people find it particularly challenging to figure out how to make it through the year's final few weeks. Read on for some pointers if you're trying to establish a new routine this holiday season.

How Starting New Holiday Family Traditions Helps

Creating new holiday traditions can bring you and your loved ones closer together as you remember and celebrate the life of your loved one who has passed away. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Decorate A Memorial Table

When a family member, especially a parent or grandparent, has recently passed away, the memorial table becomes the focal point of the family's holiday gatherings. Set a place at the table and decorate it to honour the deceased. Encourage guests to bring cherished photos or other mementos of the dearly departed to display on a table.

2. Make Tree Ornaments

Ornaments for the Christmas tree and other holiday decorations can be made in memory of a loved one with the whole family's help. Making your Christmas tree ornaments is a great way to bond with your loved ones and start a new family tradition.

3. Light A Memorial Candle

Candlelight vigils are a time-honoured way to honour the memory of a loved one who has passed on, and the act of doing so has a spiritual significance that can bring solace to those who are grieving. Memorial candles have different meanings in different religions but are always a signifier of remembering loved ones who have passed on.

4. Volunteer Your Time

If you don't know how to celebrate the holidays without a parent or grandparent, consider donating to the community by volunteering. Volunteer opportunities include working in a soup kitchen, giving out warm clothing to the homeless, and caring for rescued animals.

5. Visit The Institutionalized

Many people are in institutions like nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers and don't have anyone to spend the holidays with. Get in touch with a few local businesses and find out what it takes to be added to their guest list so you can spread some holiday cheer this season.


For additional details, please contact George Darte Funeral Home. One of our team members will call you soon to answer your questions.

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