The holidays can be an amazing time with family and friends, but it can also trigger intense feelings of grief. However, remembering a loved one who is no longer there can help ease the pain by triggering memories of good times past.

It gives an opportunity to create new traditions that honour your special and ever important loved one. There are many options to choose from in making this happen although there is no one ‘right way’ to do it.

Donate to a Course in the Person’s Name

Choose a course that meant a whole lot to your loved one and one that they would have supported. You can easily do this on popular websites such as Positive Naija. Set up a memorial scholarship fund and contribute to society like they would have done.

Visit a Sentimental Place

You may visit the favourite places of your loved one to savour the memories you both shared.

Arrange For Remembrance at a Church Service

This is a popular way of remembering a loved one in many parts of the country. You can plan for it to be held in a church or any other religious service.

Give Away Their Belongings

Holidays provide a good opportunity to give away some of their property yo family and friends who will appreciate them.

Display Their Old Photos and String a Garland of Memories

This would be more fun with with your extended family around to tell the stories and reminisce together.

Do Something Your Loved One Enjoyed

You could attend a concert or a ballgame, watch their favourite movies or listen to their favourite songs. This would help soothe the pain.

Make a Scrapbook of Their Lives

Make a scrapbook or photobook of their lives throughout the years. Record the special moments and create an important heirloom in the process.

Take Care of Yourself

Get support if and when you need it. Your loved one would have wanted you to do just that.

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