When you lose someone you’ve cherished, the world can seem cold and cruel. Nothing anyone can say will make you feel better. At least, not anytime soon.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is important. It’s a necessary emotional reaction that, in its own way, helps us celebrate life.
However, it’s important not to lose ourselves in our grief. For if we live in a place long enough, we become that place. We lose sight of the life we are meant to be living.
Instead of mourning the death of you’re loved one, celebrate their life. Celebrate your life. Here’s why you should.
A Celebration of Life Focuses On the Positive Influence They Had On Their Loved Ones
When you celebrate life, you learn to look back on your memories with fondness. Instead of burying yourself in sadness that your loved one is gone, you’ll find yourself smiling as your remember spending time with them.
Focus on the positive influence they’ve had on your life and others. Think about the things they did and said that made you laugh. Think about the things they did that annoyed you and have a chuckle at their silliness, their stubbornness, or their crassness (whatever the case may be).
Celebrating Life Allows You To Heal While Grieving
As noted above, it’s important to grieve over your loss. To deny yourself of sadness is inhuman, and rarely even possible. Furthermore, trying to keep strong emotions bottled up inside can lead to psychological issues down the road.
So grieve, by all means, but learn how to do it positively. Learn some cognitive reframing techniques to help you celebrate life, rather than mourn death. It will not change your situation, but it will help you change your perspective.
A Celebration of Life Embraces the Natural Cycle of Existence
In some cultures, grieving the loss of a loved one is almost unheard of. Because of their philosophies and beliefs, they see death as one of the most important and anticipated experiences of one’s journey.
No matter what you believe in, it’s important to embrace the cycle of existence, in which death is a major component. Yes, we can be sad that we have lost our loved one in this life, but we must also celebrate the next step they have taken on their journey.
Celebrating Life Allows You to Live It Fully
If you allow grief of someone’s death to consume you, you stop living your own life. Your relationships can suffer, you may lose interest in your passions, you could even lose your job if you stop putting in effort at work.
It’s important for others to respect your loss. You must set boundaries for your grieving process, but you can’t let it take over your life.
When you celebrate life, rather than mourning death, it reminds you about what’s important to you. It allows you to embrace the good things in your world that bring you joy, fulfillment, and happiness.
Are You Ready to Celebrate Life?
If you’ve recently experienced loss are expecting the passing of a loved one in the near future, we want to help you get things in order. Our celebrant services can help you celebrate life rather than mourn death. Reach out to us to see how we can help you in this time of transition.