Anniversary of a Death: 6 Ways to Survive

Posted on April 17th, 2023 by kathy under Death, Grief
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Unhappy senior man looking at cake and blown candle, sad birthday, lonelinessLosing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can experience. And pain of grief can multiply near the anniversary of their death. The day can be a reminder of the pain and heartache that you experienced when they passed away. However, it is important to remember that you can survive the anniversary of their death. Here are some tips on how to cope:

  1. Let Yourself Grieve the Lost Loved Onedry withered rosebud with selective focus isolated on white
    It is okay to feel sad and emotional on the anniversary of your loved one’s death. Allow yourself time to grieve and express your emotions in a healthy way. You may want to spend some time alone or reach out to a trusted friend or family member to talk about your feelings.

  2. Mark the Anniversary

    sad woman looks at her lover's empty chairConsider creating a ritual or tradition in honor of your loved one. You can light a candle or visit their favorite place. You may also want to consider doing something that your loved one enjoyed doing or that you did together. This can help you feel closer to them and create a sense of connection.

  3. Don’t Neglect Self-Careself care concept. notebook with text over pink background

    Take care of yourself physically and mentally. Make sure you are getting enough rest, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. Engage in activities that bring you joy and help you relax, such as reading a book, taking a bath, or practicing yoga. You may also want to consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor if you’re struggling to cope with your emotions.

  4. Seek Support as You Mourn on the Anniversary of Their Death

    Close-up of psychiatrist hands together holding palm of her patientSurround yourself with supportive people on the anniversary of your loved one’s death. This can be friends, family, or a support group. It is also important to surround yourself with people who understand what you are going through and can offer emotional support. Another idea is that you may also want to consider volunteering or doing something kind for someone else. Helping others can provide a sense of purpose and help you feel better.

  5. Be You.Lonely Crying Young Woman in Mourning with Sunflowers in front of a Gravestone in a Cemetery

    Remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Everyone copes with loss differently, so don’t compare yourself to others or feel pressure to conform to certain expectations. Take things one day at a time and be gentle with yourself.

  6. Celebrate the Anniversary of Their Death

    Gift box and daisy flowers on old wooden planks. Generative AiThis isn’t as weird as it may sound. Honor your loved one’s life by marking the anniversary of their death. You can create a scrapbook or photo album of your favorite memories together, watch a video of them, or write a letter to them. This can be a way to honor their memory and keep their spirit alive.

In conclusion, the anniversary of someone’s death can be a difficult and emotional time. However, by acknowledging your feelings, creating a ritual or tradition, taking care of yourself, surrounding yourself with supportive people, and celebrating your loved one’s life, you can survive the day. Remember that grieving is a process and there’s no timeline for healing. Foothill Funeral is here to support you during this difficult time and provide compassionate care for you and your family.

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Funeral directing is a unique job. The reason we enjoy it is because we love helping families during their time of need. Drop by our Glendora showroom any time. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

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