Forging New Bonds with Our Loved Ones

Perhaps you would like to do something meaningful yet easy to remember your loved one this weekend. You could take a walk to find a special stone or something from nature to put in your garden or windowsill. Or plant some flowers… You could buy an “I Love You” helium balloon at the grocery store and write a letter or poem to go with it. Perhaps you would like to frame a special picture, or craft something special in your loved one’s honor. It can be anything you like.

While doing these activities, try to set aside your grief as best as you can and enjoy this “special time,” just for you and your loved one. Afterwords try to carry over that peace knowing your loved one is forever safe in your heart, and that you will forever share a special loving bond with them.

Forging healthy new special bonds that keeps us connected to loved ones we have lost can help us to “accept the things we cannot change,” and also nurtures the healing of painful grief by reinforcing that our loved ones will always be a part of us. Try it, not just today, but anytime you need to.

John Pete

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John Pete is a Certified Grief Counselor and Founder of Daily Grief Quotes on Facebook and Grief Streets, an online resource for people grieving the loss of a loved one. He has appeared on the "Grieving The Healing Heart" radio program and is published in the 2011 book, "Open To Hope, Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss," "Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One" (2012, DVD), and Grief Diaries - Through the Eyes of Men (2016, book) John Pete's is online at https://facebook.com/dailygriefquotes.

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