Bridging the Divide When Honoring the Death of a Loved One

It’s a difficult time for you and your family. The death of a loved one or friend is often among the most stressful events in our lives.

At a time when you are dealing with your own emotions and those of others, considering how to honor your loved one may feel daunting.

Creating a unique and personalized event that reflects your culture and life experiences may be the way to memorialize your loved one or friend. Unlike traditional funerals, memorials or celebrations of life generally focus on the life lived, rather than death and often involve storytelling, laughter and community. Including personal rituals and customs, brings personal meaning to the event and often helps in finding peace as you walk through your grief.

Regardless if you are considering a funeral or celebrations of life, the ritual of honoring the dead is an important part of the process when grieving the loss of a loved one or friend.


Editor’s Note: Article Submitted by Susan Hinchey-Johnson, Outreach Coordinator, Generations, Inclusive Memorial Events. She may be reached at 303-322-7764 or by email