Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Help families honor a loved one this holiday season

Erin Brodbeck, LCSW, CT,
Director of Grief Services,
Sunset Funeral Home
With the holiday season drawing closer, do you plan on reaching out to families you have served during the past year? Your guidance and understanding during this time of year can be beneficial to a family who is newly bereaved or even someone years into their grief journey.

Many things change after someone dies, including traditions during the holidays. But, one thing families can do is add a new tradition to their list by honoring the life of their loved one. That way their memory stays alive, and they are always a part of the celebrations.

Here are a few ways the families you serve can honor their loved ones during the holiday season:
  • Lighting a candle 
  • Leaving an empty place at the table 
  • Decorating a tree with ornaments that tell the story of their life 
  • Purchasing a present for them and give it away to someone in need 
  • Placing holiday themed decorations or grave blankets on their resting place 
The holidays are tough for anyone who has lost a loved one. Encourage the families you serve to be patient, only do what feels right to them, and not to be afraid to ask for help and extra support if they need it. By providing these helpful tips to families, you help them create new and meaningful connections with their loved ones at this special time of year.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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