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Meaningful Ways to Commemorate the First Anniversary of a Death

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Posted On: Mar 02, 2017

Meaningful Ways to Commemorate the First Anniversary of a Death

A year has gone by. You lost someone you loved 365 days ago. It's likely that most of those days passed by in a blur, particularly right after the sadness first struck. There's no script for grief to follow, no plan, only a rough guideline. At the end of a year, you may be moving on toward nostalgia, or perhaps you're nearly as grief-stricken as you were when you first learned the news. No matter what your journey or where you are in the grieving process, the first year anniversary still hits like a ton of bricks. It's a reminder that you have many more years to go, living in a world that lacks someone so essential. To soften the blow and to celebrate the person you still love so much rather than grieving, commemorate the day in a meaningful, loving way.

Cook a Meal Using Your Loved One's Recipes

Was your loved one a talented cook? Did s/he have a few well-loved recipes for which everyone clamored? Even if the departed never made anything more complicated than biscuits and gravy, you could still celebrate this way. Invite other friends and relatives to enjoy the meal with you and serve up the foods your loved one used to make.

If, however, the deceased really was not an excellent cook, you can still commemorate the anniversary with food. Make an entire meal that consists of your loved one's favorite foods. Toast to one another, to your loved one's memory, and to the days you were blessed to be together.

Spend the Day Doing Your Loved One's Favorite Things

By devoting an entire day to pursuing the interests of the departed, you're keeping them alive in your memory. Sometimes, it can almost feel like you're doing all those things together. It doesn't matter what you do, either, or how mundane the task. Perhaps your loved one enjoyed working in the garden, going bowling, or painting. If your loved one traveled whenever and wherever possible, then you could go on an adventure. Commemorating the departed in this way could even involve something simple, such as spending time with family or taking a walk in the park.

Get a Tattoo

This is a bit extreme, and it's not everyone's cup of tea. For some survivors, however, memorializing a loved one in ink is the best and most meaningful way to remember what they've lost. It's permanent, it's there forever, and it keeps your loved one close to you.

If you need to spend the day crying, going through old mementos, or simply being by yourself, that's okay, too. There's no wrong way to act. There's no right way to grieve, even after the passing of the first year.