Creating New Family Traditions After A Loss

By: David Tindall
Monday, November 15, 2021

The death of a close family member or friend may shake up a person's support system and sense of security. Even if you anticipate the death of a parent, grandparent, or some family member due to an illness, etc., it may ultimately be distressing. Tindall Funeral Home believes that developing new family traditions can help heal all those affected by the death. Young kids who have experienced the loss of someone close to them can also benefit from developing new routines. Some things you can do include:

1. Find a Way to Make It Your Own

The key to starting new customs is to do something unusual and original. After the death of a beloved family member or friend, carrying on the customs they established might give rise to more sorrow. Fill the void in your family by engaging in an activity that develops your relationships with your current family members. As an example, you may start a new weekend custom of driving to a local pier or green space.  It will help strengthen your relationship with your children.

2. Remembering the Departed

You don't have to forget the person you've lost. Choose a new ritual that pays tribute to your loved one while also being meaningful for everyone involved. For instance, did the person have a sweet tooth? On their birthday, you can prepare a variety of cakes to commemorate the journey they've taken through life.

3. Don't Push Yourself Too Hard

Adding new customs can help people cope with their grief and come to terms with their loss. Do not be afraid of abandoning an existing custom if it does more damage than good. There's no need to stick to a pattern when it comes to grieving, as everyone's experience is unique. Make an effort to find an alternate method to honor a departed loved one' who has passed.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our pre-planning services and need advice.

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