The Holiday Season can be filled with joy and excitement. It also can be a time of heartfelt sadness and loss. As the Helen Keller heartfelt quote, on the left, reads: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
During the Holiday Season missing your loved ones who have passed recently or years ago remain a stressful change during the holiday or a family celebration.
John De Berry, a former grief counselor and consultant who was the Bereavement Coordinator of Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital says, “Change is inevitable; growth is optional. We need to acknowledge our unique differences and understand that we may not act as we did when everyone in the family was together. Changes can create growth if we focus on the positive in people. For the first set of holidays, you can blend aspects of the past with the present.”
Creating a remembrance or legacy can be comforting and ease the sadness and loss of your loved ones:
- A Yellow Brainer could establish a remembrance tradition with a special prayer or by serving a loved one’s favorite food at a celebration or holiday meal.
- A Blue Brainer may enjoy sharing stories about a loved one or singing his or her favorite holiday songs, especially with the adults and children who did not know the person.
- A Green Brainer may want to observe a private memorial to honor a loved one by visiting the cemetery or lighting a remembrance candle.
- An Orange Brainer might like to celebrate a loved one’s life and memory by releasing balloons that contain a “love” message or engaging in a loved one’s favorite sport or hobby.
Expectations, change, and stress often keep us from enjoying the moment and moving on to celebrate our lives in a new way.
Author Victor Parachin says, “We can use the past as a guidepost or a hitching post.”
♦ I hope the 4 Brain Color Tips will help you create a Joyful Holiday Remembrance or Legacy for your loved one.
♦ The tips are part of Chapter #16 in my original What Color Is Your Brain?® A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others book. 10% of royalties from the sale of my books is allocated to JDRF.
♦ For more helpful Holiday Tips read my blog Hassle-Free Holidays Tips for More Harmonious Preparations and Celebrations! that was written on December 5th.
♦ You can also read all my Holiday Tips posted on my SheilaGlazovAuthor Facebook page beginning from November 28th and continuing until, yesterday, December 17th.
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