Remembering a Loved One at Christmas

A few festive remembrance ideas you might wish to think about over the next few weeks

The festive season can be a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand a time to recall happy memories and on the other a time when we can feel a sense of loss and sadness.

Whether you are surrounded by family or spending this time of year alone, making some simple plans or taking time to reflect can be a great help.

So, we had a chat in our office and decided to share just a few simple ideas you might like to think about that have helped our own families make the most of this sometimes difficult time of year.

You will also find below a few websites to contact if you need to speak to someone who can help you with a particular issues you may have on your mind.

Inspiration

Family Walk

Get outside

Weather permitting, a walk around your garden, local park or woodland can do wonders for lifting the spirits. Taking in some fresh air and fill your pockets with some bird seed or nuts and feed any birds looking for food at this chilly time of year.

Visiting a special place to someone that has passed away is a great way to reflect on their life. At Christmas, spending time with family is a tradition for many and a walk can bring everyone together. You could visit your loved one's favourite spot, such as a particular tree in a forest or a bench by the coast.


Trees

Sponsoring a tree through The Woodland Trust or having a tree planted on your behalf through The National Forest in Central England is a terrific way to remember a loved one. Why not visit a tree you associate with a loved one and make it your own special tree that you can take time to visit alone or with family, just like the example below:

"Taking the dogs and kids on our favourite woodland walk, scattering the ashes around the base of our 'family tree' has made remembrance a natural and happy part of our lives."

Forest Walk

Quiet reflection

Time for Reflection

Whilst many people go to a Church service at the time of year it can be helpful to pop into local Church you know will be open and perhaps light a candle - or simply sit down and enjoy the peace and quiet for a few minutes.

Keeping a light burning in remembrance signifies that the memory of your loved one still lives on and burns bright. This could be a plain candle or one with their favourite fragrance. You could also light the candle next to a photograph or special ornament that reminds you of your loved one.


Get in touch with an old friend

If we have not spoken to a relative or old friend for a while it can sometimes feel difficult to get in touch, particularly if you had a minor falling out or just feel a bit awkward if a long time has passed.

So why not make a phone call, pop round or send a letter or email. Most people love to get in touch at this time of year and with so many ways to do so these days it could reignite an old friendship or relationship for 2020!

Get in touch

Special Christmas Crafts

Make something special

With so much TV or Radio to watch or listen to, why not also take the time to make something? Knitting, needlepoint doing some drawing or painting can prove very satisfying. You can create something to display in your own home or room, wear yourself or give to someone close to you in the New Year.


Memorial Baubles

Baubles are classic Christmas tree decorations that have been used for hundreds of years. There are lots of places you can buy memorial baubles and are a great way of including the memory of someone in the tradition of Christmas every year. This could be anything from a photo bauble to an angel decoration that represents your loved one. You could also make your own bauble to decorate your tree or as a Christmas sympathy gift.

Christmas Tree Angel Ornament

Patchwork Blanket

A Memorial Blanket

A memorial blanket can be made from fabric that reminds you of a loved one who has died, such as their clothing. There are lots of talented people that sell these handmade quilts using the fabric you send to them. If a blanket isn't right for you, consider a memory teddy bear or pillow.

These are just a few simple things we have discussed here at Pure Cremation which most people can do. Hopefully they might inspire you to come up wth your own ideas on a few things to do over the festive period.

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