Here are a few ideas that may help you this Christmas:
- Christmas Recipe Collection - gather together your heirloom recipes & give them out to friends. You can put them into the form of a small booklet or recipe cards.
- Memory Jar - Take strips of colorful paper and write a Holiday memory about your loved one or family on each strip. Fold and put into a jar. Keep this by your bedside. Each morning, take out a strip, read it and start your day with a good memory.
- Give your loved one a gift - Even though they are gone, you can still give. Choose a charity that is special to their memory, and make a donation in their name.
- Seek out someone in need & give to them - Maybe it's a neighbor, friend or family member. But we all know someone that could use some help in today's economy.
- Play Grocery Santa - The next time you are in line at the grocery story, pay for the person in line behind you. If they have a cart full, just give the clerk what you want to donate and ask that it be put on their grocery bill. This is extra fun to do in secret!
- Give a book - Buy a new or used book that connects to a special memory for your loved one. Write a note inside the cover asking the reader to pass the book one to someone else after they find it. Then leave the book in a public place for someone to find.
- Tipping Angel - Mom was a waitress for a number of years, so I especially like this idea. Find a waitress or waiter that seems to be having a hard day and leave them an extra generous tip.
Grief is unique to each person. What helped me may not help you. Give in to the tears when you must, but don't stay there. Reach out for help when you need it. Pick yourself up and do something, anything, to make it through. It's what your loved one wants for you this year.