Holidays are always hard for widows. We remember those who are missing, and miss them even more, regardless of how much time has passed.
But there are ways to include them in the family celebrations — and then share some of that holiday spirit with them afterward.
Always talk about those who are gone during all holiday meals and remember special moments you all enjoyed together during holidays past. Then make good use of those lovely spring flowers that decorate your homes and especially the dining tables during Easter and Passover.
Don’t let them wither and die. The next morning, choose the prettiest blooms and, while they are fresh, trim and wrap them, and take them to the cemetery.
Our Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., provides flower holders that can be placed next to grave markers, as many do, and putting the flowers there makes us feel as though we’re including our loved ones in these special days.
It also helps us welcome another spring.