As hard as it can be to cope with grief, acknowledging your loss and allowing yourself to talk about it can be an important part of the healing process.
Remembering the person you have lost and letting yourself feel the sadness that comes with death can be an important emotional release.
At the end of the day, grief means the person that has been lost played a big part in our lives and remains in our hearts.
Remembering a loved one allows us to treasure their memory and the way being with them made us feel. It also helps to manage the pain of loss.
Rather than shutting out painful memories it can be better to remember the person, and talk to family and friends about past memories and how you feel.
As difficult as that may be to start with, health professionals suggest expressing grief will help the healing process. Talking about grief, whether to a friend, family member or therapist can be an important step forward.
It is also important to make it clear to other members of your family – particularly younger ones – that remembering loved ones can help.
Remembrance is especially important on special occasions when grief is felt especially keenly. Christmas and birthdays are always difficult when someone special is missing.
Remembrance baubles are a way to make someone who is no longer with the family part of the occasion. Taking a moment to remember a loved one with a decoration that shows they are not forgotten could perhaps help you to also remember the joy they found in Christmas or other special days.
Just because a loved one is no longer with us does not mean we cannot cherish their memory. Take time for remembrance and to talk about loss to help you rediscover the joy in life your loved one will have wanted you to.