Christmastime in Milwaukee is, in a word, magical. Ask anyone in Milwaukee, New Berlin, or Brookfield about their holiday traditions and you’re sure to hear about favorite lights displays, favorite Christmas cookies, a favorite skating rink or theater production (likely virtual this year), favorite shops to visit, and the list goes on. For many, it’s all about honoring traditions. Baking the same goodies Grandma always made, taking the same drive you enjoyed as a child, lugging boxes of decorations up from the basement and reminiscing about each one.
While this year certainly looks different in many ways, an empty chair at the table adds another level of difficulty. At Krause Funeral Homes, we understand that the holidays magnify grief. The absence of a special person is a challenge, but that loss feels especially sharp this time of year. If someone you love has died during the last 12 months, our care team extends our sincere sympathies.
We also want to offer suggestions for ways to remember them this month. Our staff has experienced loss and help people every day who are grieving. We understand how much it means to commemorate a life. We hope you’ll find the same on your road toward healing.
- Select a special ornament that reminds you of your loved one.
- Visit their final resting place. Whether your loved one chose cremation or burial, visiting their memorial site can be healing and soothing. Bring a small wreath or personal remembrance (flowers, coins, stones) to leave behind.
- Enjoy their favorite holiday song or movie.
- Create a memory display in your home. Set out family photos, small trinkets, or even accessories like their beloved baseball cap, an instrument they played, or their favorite keepsake.
- Light a candle in their remembrance to signify your loved one’s presence in your heart and mind. Set aside a certain time each day or evening to light a candle or small tea light. A concrete ceremony like this is a meaningful way to remember a life lived.
- Donate to a charity or non-profit in their honor. You can donate to their favorite organization either in their name or anonymously.
- Page through photo albums or watch home videos. Taking time to remember the past is often healing and therapeutic. It’s best to do this with someone else present to offer support, as you may be caught off guard by emotions.
- Attend a religious ceremony virtually or in person. Many people find strength in their faith especially during challenging times.
- Make your loved one’s favorite holiday treat.
- Visit a place that was special to your loved one at holiday time.