For those facing the loss of a loved one, the holidays are especially hard. The festive celebrations and gatherings amplify the lack of someone’s presence.
Funeral service professionals recognize that holidays can be hard for those who are grieving, so they often use this time to provide families with a place to gather, give back, and remember. Here’s our list of five ways some of our Golden Rule Funeral Homes are helping families this holiday season.
1. They provide families a space to remember and grieve the loss of a loved one.
Many funeral homes host a Service of Remembrance, a tree-lighting, or Memorial Luncheon to honor and remember those who’ve died this past year. Barnett-Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville, KY invited any member of their community who lost a loved one this year to attend their service while Stockham Family Funeral Home in McPherson, KS decorated their Christmas tree with angel ornaments and invited families to stop by an open house at the funeral home.
2. Funeral directors provide helpful advice when navigating the holidays gets tough.
Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, MI provides helpful suggestions on their blog for how to get through the holidays.
3. They remember those who died while serving their country.
Funeral service professionals and countless other volunteers around the country participated in Wreaths Across America this month as a way to honor those who gave their lives in service. Pollock-Randall Funeral Home in Port Huron, MI went to Arlington National Cemetery to volunteer.
Oliverie Funeral Home in Manchester, NJ participated in the activity at their local cemetery.
4. They give gifts.
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY served as a drop off location for collecting toys for struggling veterans’ families.
In their words: “At Lakeside, we realize that everyone deserves a Christmas, especially the families of those who serve or have served our country. Operation Toy Soldier is a passionate request for unwrapped toys to be dropped off at both our locations for these families in need. We have partnered with Veterans Funeral Care, WNY VA Healthcare for the Homeless Veterans, and WNY Heroes to help identify families in need.”
5. They bring holiday cheer to hospitalized children.
Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick, NJ worked with other community partners to lift the spirits of children who couldn’t be home for the holidays.
What about your community? Do you have other examples of people giving back this holiday season and remembering those they love?
Jessica A. Smith
OGR Assistant Executive Director