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Celebrating Love on Valentine's Day: Honoring the Past and Embracing the Present

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Two pink roses. Photo credit: Dan Gold on Unsplash
Mica Jane
Mica Jane, Reimagine

February 14, 2023

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love and relationships, but for some, it can also bring up feelings of sadness and grief for loved ones who are no longer here. Whether it is a spouse, a parent, a sibling, or a close friend, the loss of someone special can make this holiday particularly challenging. However, Valentine's Day can also serve as an opportunity to honor their memory and remember the love they shared with us. It can also be a day to reflect on the relationships we have in our lives today and show gratitude for the love we receive.

Honoring the Past

Losing a loved one can be a devastating experience that changes our lives forever. But it is important to remember that the love we shared with them still exists and can continue to be a source of comfort and strength. On Valentine's Day, we can honor their memory by celebrating their life and the love we shared with them. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Creating a memorial: This can be as simple as lighting a candle, setting aside a special moment of silence, or displaying photos of your loved one in a prominent place. This allows us to feel their presence and connect with their memory in a tangible way.

  • Spending time with family and friends: Surrounding ourselves with loved ones can provide comfort and support as we honor the memory of our lost loved one. Whether it be through sharing memories or simply being together, spending time with family and friends can be a powerful way to heal and remember.

  • Participating in a special activity: This could be anything that brings joy and happiness, such as visiting a place that holds special meaning, cooking a favorite dish, or listening to music that reminds you of your loved one. Doing something that brings happiness and positivity can help counteract feelings of sadness and grief.

Embracing the Present

While honoring the past is important, it is equally important to embrace the relationships we have in our lives today. Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love, so take the opportunity to show appreciation and gratitude for the people who are important to you. Here are some ways to do so:

  • Show love and appreciation: Whether it be through a special gift, a heartfelt message, or a simple act of kindness, showing love and appreciation can strengthen relationships and bring joy to those around us.

  • Spend quality time together: Taking the time to connect with those we love can deepen our relationships and bring a sense of fulfillment to our lives. Whether it be through a date night, a family outing, or a shared activity, spending quality time together is a wonderful way to celebrate love.

  • Give back to others: Acts of kindness and generosity can bring happiness to both the giver and the receiver. Whether it be through volunteering, donating to a cause, or simply helping someone in need, giving back to others can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment to our lives.

Valentine's Day can be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one. However, with a little effort and creativity, it can also be a time to celebrate the memories and love that will always be with us. Reimagine encourages everyone to find their own unique way of honoring their loved one this Valentine's Day, whether it's through cooking a special meal, creating a memory jar, or participating in a community event.

So, this Valentine's Day, take a moment to reflect on the love that has touched your life and celebrate it in a way that honors your loved one. Whether you choose to participate in a traditional celebration or create your own meaningful tribute, know that you are never alone in your grief. Reimagine is here to support you every step of the way and to help you find new pathways for growth and healing through loss.

In the words of the great poet and philosopher Rumi, "The wound is the place where the light enters you." Let us embrace the love and light that has entered our lives, and continue to honor the memories of our loved ones this Valentine's Day and always.

Passed and Present with Allison Gilbert

We at Reimagine are thrilled to be a part of the Passed and Present series with Allison Gilbert, where we explore the many ways we can continue to connect with and honor those we have lost. Through this series, we aim to bring comfort and healing to those who are grieving and to help people reimagine loss as a pathway to growth, creativity, and meaning. Remember, even though your loved one may no longer be physically present, their love and spirit live on through the memories and love that they have left behind.

The Passed and Present series, named after Allison’s inspiring book, is sponsored by For Grief, a platform created with a single goal in mind: to provide in one place the best and most trusted resources, support, and information available to begin the healing process. For Grief believes there’s always hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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