When you experience the death of someone you love, dates on calendars can become significant in ways different than before.
Valentine’s Day is of those dates, and it can be especially difficult for those who have lost a spouse or partner. Unfortunately, as time goes on, dates such as these continue to pop up and we are left to decide on how to make them bearable. Each date, holiday and milestone will certainly be different, as everyone’s grief journey is unique, but Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to remember the love and focus on memories. The objective is not to mask the pain or make believe everything is okay, but rather to allow yourselves the opportunity to share the love that will always and forever be in your heart.
A few suggestions that you may consider on Valentine’s Day to share your love for that special person who has died could be; lighting a candle in their honor, or perhaps even writing a love letter to them. The letter gives you the opportunity to express your feelings regardless if no one physically reads it except you. Another option may be to share your love with others by sending a valentine card or flowers to someone who otherwise may not receive anything. You can also make a donation to the local food pantry or donate something in memory of your loved one.
It’s also okay to go to a special place and just spend time with your memories, or make a favorite meal of your loved one and invite others to come and share.
These are just a few thought, but what is most important is doing what feels right to you.
This Valentine’s Day, may you find joy in memories and power in love. LOVE NEVER DIES.
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