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Remembering at the Holidays - Christmas - Hanukkah - Kwanzaa

The holiday season can be challenging for those who have lost a loved one and are grieving the holiday without him or her. This section provides a collection of resources with suggestions for ways of remembering your loved one, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.
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How to Remember a Loved One at the Holidays
Holidays can be difficult times for those who have lost a loved one, especially if it is the first holiday season. Finding ways of remembering the loved one as still being a part of the holiday can be helpful for family and friends. This article provides suggestions for remembering a loved one who has died as well as some insights into coping with the loss of a loved one at the holidays.
Light a Candle to Remember - Light a Candle in Memory of...
Lighting a candle is a sacred ritual in many different traditions and religions. For centuries people around the world have burned candles in remembrance of loved ones who have died, as a way of healing the past and bringing hope for the future. This article provides a link to the online candle lighting page has been set up for the Death, Dying and Bereavement site.
How to Handle the Holiday Blues
Several years ago watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special, for the umpteenth time, I realized that his mood may have been something more. Charlie Brown could be experiencing a case of the holiday blues, grief following the death of a loved one, depression or seasonal affect disorder, or be stressed about the season. This article explores some of the possible responses to having a Charlie Brown Christmas.
Remember a Loved One - Create An Angel Ornament
The holidays can be challenging times for those who have lost a loved one. One way of the many ways of coping with the holidays is to hang a special ornament. This gallery provides three different grieving angel photographs that can be printed out, decorated and shared to honor and remember a loved one who has died - Tears of an Angel, We Remember You and I Remember You.
Tree of Light - Tree of Life - Tree of Remembrance - Celebration of Lights
Many hospice organizations recognize that the holidays can be a distressing and difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one. They have created tree lighting ceremonies and remembrances as part of new holiday traditions to honor those who have died as a way of helping the survivors cope with the loss during the holidays, be around others who can empathize with their loss and share the memories of their loved ones who have died.
The Kindness Project - A Way of Remembering a Loved One
The Kindness Project is a way of remembering a loved one and creating a legacy of love in memory of someone who has died. A loved one is remembered by a random act of kindness in memory of the person who has died, as a way of letting others know that this person's life continues to matter.
The Empty Chair Around The Holiday Table
Rabbi Mel Glazer has written this informative article on Grief at the Holidays offering a unique way to remember a loved one and cope with the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. In this article, reprinted with his permission, Rabbi Glazer presents several suggestions for ways of keeping the memory of a loved one alive during the holidays.
Kwanzaa- A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture
A look at Kwanzaa Traditions from About's Guide to African-American History, Jessica McElrath. Kwanzaa was created as a way to restore the connection to the African culture, to reinforce and celebrate family, community, and culture.
Remembering Those Who Have Died
There are many ways to remember a loved one at Christmas or during the holiday season. This list includes some of the best suggestions and recommendations, in no particular order.
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
Every year on the second Sunday in December The Compassionate Friends (TCF) hold a Worldwide Candle Lighting in memory of all children who have died too soon. This year the event is being held on December 10, 2006.
Survival Strategies for the Holiday Season
This helpful article from Judy Tatelbaum, MSW is the online version of the article published in Journeys, the Newsletter of the Hospice Foundation of America. Ms. Tatelbaum gives some useful strategies for surviving the holidays.
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