Christmas can be especially difficult for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Even if the death occurred in another time of the year, memories of happy Christmas’s together are prone to come roaring back unexpectedly, making for holiday emotions that are difficult to manage. This is why Christmas memorials, while somewhat unorthodox, may be a good idea.
Plenty of memorial products are available year round to help ease the pain of grieving. And, in most cases, customers think of purchasing these (or even displaying them) only shortly after a death. The general idea seems to be that memorial products are most comforting during the initial grieving period and, therefore, are most useful during that time. That idea undoubtedly keeps some people from even thinking of Christmas memorials – unless, of course, a loved-one has died near Christmas time and, even in those cases, many families find themselves trying to somehow separate memorial ceremonies from Christmas celebrations.
But that overall attitude toward grieving idea ignores a large amount of what experts say about coping with the loss of a loved-one.
Grief can come about at any time, even years after a death. And it is especially likely to come about, unexpectedly, during special anniversaries and holidays – such as Christmas. While Christmas memorials may not always be the first thought for holiday traditions, they could be a healthy thought. What better way to honor the memory of a family member – and the potential lingering grief loved-ones – than by presenting a number of digitally re-mastered and framed family photos as gifts one year. Such a present is sure to inspire pleasant memories and memorable conversations lasting long into a Christmas night. Sure, it might also inspire a few tears, and long-forgotten grief may rise to the forefront in the minds of some family members. But, just because grief is forgotten, does not mean it is absent. Bringing it to light with a Christmas memorial is an excellent idea for healthy coping.
But pictures are just the start when it comes to Christmas memorials.
Plenty of ready-made memorial products feature crosses, angels, or other Christian symbols, and yet they have designs that match a person’s unique personality. These can come in the form of keepsake urns, keepsake jewelry (all designed to hold a tiny portion of a ashes), or even Art in Ashes oil paintings in which an artist mixes a tiny portion of ashes into a work. Any of these products can make for, perhaps, the most memorable and special Christmas gift in any family’s collective memory.
No matter what the form, Christmas memorials can preserve family holiday traditions for generations and help heal even the most unexpected episodes of grief. It is definitely in keeping with the Christmas spirit to add a Christmas memorial or two – not matter what form – to your celebrations this, and every, year.
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