It can be incredibly difficult to manage significant dates such as Birthdays and Christmas. We have listed some ideas you may like to try to help make these days a little more bearable.
Acknowledging celebratory days without a loved one who has died can be painful and difficult to bear. However, managed gently and even planned, they can still be acknowledged and even celebrated, in time.
Birthdays We all love birthdays, especially children and it could be confusing if we choose not to celebrate the birthday of a loved one who has died. So instead, why not talk to your child about what they’d like to do to honour the memory of their Mum, Dad, Brother or Sister. You can work together to plan a special day where you’ve all had input to creating a lasting memory, tribute or tradition.
Listed below are some ideas you could try;
- Balloon or lantern release
- Butterfly or Dove release
- Bake a cake
- Create a birthday book using photos and cards from previous birthdays
- Hold a memorial birthday party
- Visit a special place
If you are a family or friend you could ask if any help is needed, such as providing meals or looking after the children. You will find that mostly we want to know that our loved one has been acknowledged so why not leave flowers or a token gesture at the resting place, or help to organise a memorial. You can even donate to yours or the families favourite charity or a cause that they are close to.