Helping Seniors Memorialize


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For many, Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial beginning of summer – a time of barbecues and celebration. However, for people who have lost a loved one, it's important to be sensitive to the real reason for the three-day weekend: taking time to remember those whom we've lost.

Whether a loved one passed away recently, or many years ago, having this time to reflect on their lives is an ongoing part of the grief process. Here are some of the ways you can help an older adult commemorate Memorial Day in a meaningful and healing way:

  • Offer to take them to the cemetery
  • Accompany them to church and/or pray together
  • Fly an American flag and/or help them put up theirs (fly it at half-staff until noon)
  • Pause at 3 p.m. (local time) to observe the National Moment of Remembrance
  • Spend the day talking about the deceased or doing some of their favorite things
  • Make a meal of foods the deceased person loved
  • Sing songs that were beloved by the deceased

No matter what you choose to do to help a senior, the most important thing is to just listen and honor the wishes of the bereaved. The loss of a loved one is such a personal matter that there is no one right way to mourn – just the way that's right for the individual.

All of us at Home Instead Senior Care wish you and yours a safe, peaceful and meaningful Memorial Day.

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