How to Handle Anniversaries After the Death of a Relative

Being separated from a spouse because of death can be a very devastating reality to accept, but things can get all the more difficult on anniversaries. At those times, you’ll remember your wedding day together, the happy moments you spent together, the life you built together, the family you created and cared for together, and more. So when anniversaries come around, you might find yourself feeling as blue as you did when the Middleburg Heights, OH cremation service took place.   

Fortunately, there are things you can do to cope. And over time, you will be able to remember the good times without being hung up on the intense pain caused by separation. It’ll take time. But hang in there with these recommendations on how to deal with anniversaries.  

Brace Yourself 

When you see the day of an anniversary approaching, brace yourself for it. Maybe you need to be with a group of close friends to help you focus on other things without feeling weighed down with your own feelings of sadness. You might also want to volunteer someplace so that you can focus on someone else’s needs for a while. This can help to keep your mood upbeat.  

Honor Your Dearly Departed Spouse 

Did you and your deceased loved one love to go out for Chinese food during your anniversaries? Why not honor their memory by going out to a restaurant with family or friends. It’ll give you time to spend some quality time with people you know and love, and it will allow you to honor the memory of your deceased spouse. If you’re not interested in going out on that day, you might want to reminisce about the good old days by flipping through a photo album to look at pictures that are sure to bring a smile to your face.  

Keep Busy 

If you stay active, eat healthily, and spend time with friends, you won’t fret as much, if at all, during anniversaries. You might even come to look at anniversaries as times to simply remember the good memories and to be thankful for the opportunities to make new ones. If you take care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, you’ll find it easier to handle stress.  

Dealing with anniversaries, much less birthdays and other special occasions, can be difficult after the loss of a spouse. The first few might be particularly difficult, but there are things you can do to manage these situations. Don’t do it alone. Surround yourself with people you love, care about, and trust, and don’t be shy about letting them know about your struggles with anniversaries. They’ll be there for you if you let them know that you need their support.  

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Patrick Mahoney