Hello Good People!
Memorial Day weekend is starting off a little shaky with this cold weather! But it looks like the weather will warm up throughout the weekend, I hope! :-)
Regardless, Memorial Day gives Americans an opportunity to show appreciation to U.S. soldiers who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. And recently, Professor David Blight has revealed that African Americans actually founded Memorial Day “in a ritual of remembrance and consecration” for Civil War soldiers. Read this fascinating article here.
Memorial Day is typically known for as a long, holiday weekend of partying and relaxation. But as a child growing up in Ohio, Memorial Day was a family gathering with food, fellowship and remembrance of loved ones who passed. We would acknowledge all family members who had died with a prayer and calling out their names. I believe we all should take the time to remember, honor and give thanks to those who have gone before us, and laid the foundation for our families and communities. Through “remembrance rituals”, families can say goodbye, and begin to move towards healing.
“The Remembrance Process” website lists six reasons why remembrance is important:
- To acknowledge the reality of death.
- To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death.
- To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory.
- To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity.
- To ponder and search for new meaning in life.
- To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends.
Whatever you do, I hope each of you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. But take an opportunity to say “I love you” to those that are still here, and to remember those who have passed away.
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl