CHRISTMAS SUGGESTIONS FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS
As a family, place a special wreath or greens on the grave.
On Christmas day light a special candle to represent the memory of him or her.
Plant a live tree in your spouse’s memory that you can decorate each year.
Buy a gift that he or she would have liked. If appropriate, use it yourself. If not donate it to a charity.
If you hang stockings, hang one for your spouse and invite family members to put in notes to or about him or her.
Donate to the church or a charity in your spouse’s memory.
Have photos framed for your children. If possible choose one of the deceased parent and child together.
Give copies of a photo that is special to you with a note of why it is special.
Write a special prayer or table blessing and put it on a card at each place for your holiday dinner.
If you have something you would have asked your spouse for as a Christmas gift – buy it as a gift from him or her.
Purchase distinctive ornaments for family members that they can display every year in his or her memory.