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No matter what happens in life, there is always one option for us: we can choose how we react to what has happened. For example:
No matter how difficult and how painful this time is, choose your reaction! "As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he." ~ Emerson. "Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way." ~ George Crabbe.
Memorial Day is traditionally kept for remembering our loved ones who have died. Some people choose to visit the cemetery or attend services in their house of worship. Others decide to spend the day with friends or celebrate the beginning of summer with a barbecue. Here are some ways to make Memorial Day a more meaningful day for you:
Memorial Day is a perfect time to recall the love you, and your spouse, parent, child, or friend had for each other. It was one of a kind! It was special!
The above material was excerpted from Lifeline newsletters, written by Rev. Victor M. Parachin, and Rev. Janet W. Parachin. Used with permission from Ahlgrim&Sons LTD.
In May the first year after Elt died, I had a Memorial Birthday party for him. I realized that his birthday would be falling on a Saturday, and I didn't want to be alone, so I invited relatives and friends to come with pictures, and share their favorite stories about him.
After his death, when I thought about him, which was constantly, I could only visualize what he looked like the day he had died, not when he was still healthy. One of our friends was kind enough to bring a picture of Elt, and me, together at one of our conventions. He had a big smile, and that twinkle in his eye, that we were all so used to seeing. I placed the picture on my refrigerator so I would see it constantly, and then was able to start remembering him as he was before he became ill.
The lack of "power of concentration" is very normal for a person who has lost a loved one, so don't be alarmed! We need to be especially careful when we are driving a car or doing something else that could be hazardous to our health. It would be pretty scary to get somewhere, and not remember if I had stopped at all of the stop signs, etc.
Check out a support group. Being a part of the support groups for widowed people was a big help for me because it was comforting to know that I wasn't the only one experiencing these things.
Mary Obey is a parishioner at St. Thomas, in Palatine, IL, coordinator for Begin Again and Joyful Again, support groups for the widowed. For information, please call 708-354-7211.