How to make room for grief and sadness during the holidays ~
Don't be afraid to say "their name", and say it often.
No one wants to feel as if their loved one is forgotten or avoided, especially during the holidays.
A seat at the table.
Acknowledging the symbolism of the empty chair helps to remind loved ones that their person's memory is still recognized.
Share photos or videos.
Visual reminders prompt us to feel the emotions, going deep into our feelings, while sharing them with open-hearted people.
Serve their favorite dish.
Share what they loved about this particular food and why they enjoyed it.
Light candles in their honor.
Creating a quiet, and reflective, space where everyone can go to be present with the emotions.
Go to nature.
Nature is a natural way to connect with thoughts and feelings, while opening the heart space that honor the journey.