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After the death, how do I handle anniversaries without my spouse?

This film is part of the series "How To Handle Anniversaries After The Death Of A Spouse"

How To Handle Anniversaries After The Death Of A Spouse

David Kessler (Director of Palliative Care, Citrus Valley Health Partners and Hospice) gives expert video advice on: After the death, how do I handle anniversaries without my spouse?

After the death, how do I handle anniversaries without my spouse?

The first thing to remember about handling anniversaries without your spouse, is to acknowledge that the anniversary still exists. So if you can, whether it's talking about it with a friend, getting a group of friends together to talk about your loved one, or watching a movie that you two enjoyed together, just know that anniversary is still real and still meaningful to you. Also many people are afraid to call someone in grief on an anniversary and they are afraid that they will upset the person; but I always encourage people to make that call because we all want to know on our anniversaries, our birthdays, our special days, that people still remember our loved ones and our anniversaries. If your mother or father has lost a spouse call them and talk to them about their anniversary.