Final services can help you to get the closure you need, and they also give you a chance to say a final goodbye to your loved one. But they aren’t going to magically heal you, either. Your grief is going to continue, and you are going to have to find ways to continue the grieving process on your own. The professionals at funeral homes in Tukwila, WA have plenty of grief resources that you can utilize, if you so choose. But you can also do some of these things that might feel good to you as well.
Start A Grief Journal
It’s hard to understand what you are going through, but when you keep a grief journal, you can see how things are going within your grieving process. Visit your first entry versus your twentieth and it can show you what progress you have made. It also gives you a place to vent, no matter what you want to say, and can help you to have an outlet for your grief.
Continue Old Rituals
If you always watch a certain Christmas movie with your loved one every year, there’s no reason to stop doing that. Perhaps invite a friend over and carry out that old ritual, complete with hot chocolate and popcorn. You can enjoy things you used to adore doing with your loved one in a new way to honor them.
Create A Memory Box
There might be special items that you attribute to your loved one and you can create a memory box in their honor from those things. You can include pictures, crafts you made with them, recipes they enjoyed, and other such things. It can be in something as small as a shoe box, or as large as you have to store. You can pull that box out whenever you want to think about your loved one and go through the items.
Plant A Tree
It can be nice to see a new life growing in your loved one’s memory. Plant a tree in their honor in your yard and as you watch it grow, you can appreciate the tree, think about them, and watch it grow over the years. It’s a nice way to honor them while doing something for the earth at the same time.
Have Intermittent Memorial Gatherings
You don’t have to have just one funeral or memorial service for your loved one. You can also have memorials at other times of the year. Perhaps gather yearly on their birthday and have cake to honor them. You can even get gifts and give them to their favorite charity in their honor or do other things in their memory.
When you are trying to honor a loved one, well after their final services, you can always contact the funeral homes in Tukwila, WA you worked with on those services for ideas and options. The professionals at Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory are always here for you, even well after the services are complete.