Remembering The Departed At Thanksgiving

By: Louis Bruno
Thursday, November 15, 2018

The memories of a loved one never leave you. They are revived during the Holidays and Thanksgiving is one such annual important occasion. You feel a strong desire to do something special in the memory of your loved one. Different people express their inner feelings on this occasion, in different ways. The idea is to relive your association with the dear departed and provide an outlet to the pent-up feelings of grief.

1. Memorial Gifts

When it comes to memorial gifts, these serve a dual purpose. They give immense satisfaction to the giver and also kindle the memories of the person who receives these gifts. There is no restriction on what you can give. You can gift some of the valuable items belonging to the deceased, to friends and relatives he/she bonded with or just buy a few beautiful things to gift.

2. Use Memories Associated With Home

During Thanksgiving, the house begins to resonate with memories of the loved one. You often preserve a variety of things of the departed one like clothes, toys, diaries, books, blankets, cushions and so on. Thanksgiving is a time to bring them out and arrange them aesthetically to relive the memories of the dear departed soul. While you are aware of their absence, the sight of these things can be very soothing. Creatively preserving these things and displaying them at Thanksgiving is akin to creating heirlooms for future generations.

3. Visiting The Last Resting Place

Thanksgiving is a special occasion to visit the graveyard where your loved one was laid to rest. Decorating the place with beautiful flowers and spending peaceful moments at the grave brings back happy memories that linger after returning home.

How do you plan to honor your departed loved one this Thanksgiving? Share with us in the comment section below.

At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Home, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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