Faced with the death of a loved one, family members can either come together in unity or allow their grief to pull them apart. During times of grief and hardship in the event of a passing, strong, family unity is more important than ever. Even though no one can prepare you for how to handle your grief, it’s essential that you lean on your family during these tough times and create a support system that will benefit each member. Close family unity when honoring deceased loved ones can be the key to working through your grief in a healthy manner while heading towards the path of healing and acceptance.
Working Together to Heal and Remember
While family unity is essential, it’s important to remember that each family member deals with their grief in their own unique way and at their own time. Remember, there is no timeline associated with the grieving process, and healing truly takes time; it’s the support and love for each other that will make it easier in the end. As time moves on, the healing process will be much better and talking about the deceased won’t be as painful. Once your family seems to be in a better place emotionally, it may be a great time to start considering ways to honor your loved ones.
Honoring your loved ones through rituals and traditions is one of the best ways to create family unity and form even stronger bonds with your family members. Many families like to hold a celebration of life party that highlights the life and legacy of their loved one. While other families prefer to have their own small traditions that are intimate and personal. Tradition is something that truly binds families together while making them feel safe, happy, comfortable, and most importantly, loved. These traditions can truly help each family member find peace with the death of their loved one and work further down the path of healing. Other ways of forming a strong family bond by honoring the deceased include:
- Sharing weekly/monthly meals together (maybe having some of your loved one’s favorite foods)
- Hosting a game night (playing some of your loved one’s favorite card/board games)
- Sharing memories
- Sharing photos
- Visiting their favorite destinations
There are many things that you can do with your family that will both honor your deceased loved ones and create an unbreakable bond between you and your family.
For more information on resources for honoring your loved ones and creating family unity after a loss, please visit https://www.passaway.org/.