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Keepsakes in Honour of Your Loved one

New Traditions for Easter

I love creating new traditions because Easter is often difficult without your loved one. The emptiness is elevated because you used to share the joy of tradition with them. Now the one you most want to share it with isn’t there.

It’s difficult to feel the joy when your loved ones aren’t there. Maybe it’s time to change what you used to do to something that will honour your loved one.

Here’s something creative you can do.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plastic eggs. I bought mine from Aldi, I’ve seen them in Spotlight, $2 shops
  • Shredded paper (either bought or made)
  • Something to present them in, I reused a box I got in the mail. You can use a basket or bag etc
  • Pen to write a message, poem or song
  • Writing paper
  • Texta or Sharpie (permanent marker)
  • 2 x 12inch x 12inch scrapbooking paper
  • Things to decorate the box
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Washi tape
  • Small chocolate eggs

You can do it either on your own or ask family and friends to join you.

Something to help everyone

This is to help everyone. Remember grief isn’t a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It’s an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity. Grief is a natural response to the death of someone. As they say, grief is the price you pay for love.

There’s no magic pill for grief, you can’t skip over it and just get on with life. The only cure for grief is to grieve.

I hope you’ll be supported by family and friends while doing this because as Dr David Kessler says, “Grief needs to be witnessed”. You don’t have to do this alone.

Here’s your new tradition:

Gather your family and friends around the table, either before Easter Sunday or on it. Explain that you all need support. Though you all feel grief differently, doing this together will benefit you all during this challenging time when everyone else is celebrating.

Talk about your loved one, share stories and memories of them. Laugh, cry, do whatever you need.

Next, on you piece of paper, write your memory, story prompt, poem, song, or just one line that reminds you of who they are and were to you. Don’t share it with anyone else yet.

Fold your paper to fit into the plastic egg, you can insert a chocolate hunting inside too. Write one word (with a permanent marker) on the outside of the egg so you know it’s yours.

After everyone has completed their writing and placed it inside the egg, gather the eggs and place them into your container.

I reused a box, covered it in scrapbook paper and decorated it. I also put the shredded paper inside with all the eggs.

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, after you’ve done the family egg hunt (or whenever suits you) open the container (mine’s a box); choose a different coloured egg to the one you made. Make sure no one has their own egg. Read the message out loud to family and friends, talk about what that story, memory, poem, song etc means to you.

Each person open an egg, read a memory out load. Take your time. Remember to listen to them and don’t change their memory because you each have a different idea of who your loved one was to you.

The Wrap

Remember to say their name, say it often. You might learn something new about your loved one. You’ve done something with your family and friends that supports each of you so you know you’re not alone in your grief. You’ve learned that being creative helps you understand your grief. You’ll have a greater understanding of not only your grief but also that of others. You’re learning that grief can be tears, laughter and joy. You don’t have to feel guilty about all your ‘happy’ emotions, you’re learning to live life alongside your grief and rediscovering joy.

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