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:
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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