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Anniversaries of loss

Anniversaries of loss

15 Aug 2020 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

El Pasoans commemorated a difficult anniversary this past week as August 3 marked the passing of a year since the Walmart shooting incident that killed 23 of our community members. Observing the anniversary of a death can be difficult.For some, it is met with a moment of silence and remembrance. Others may experience the grief and pain from the opening of an emotional wound. Here are some ways to observe these days:

  • Reminisce and tell favorite stories or memories about the person who has died.Call a mutual friend or relative to remember the best times of their life.
  • Take flowers to the grave site, memorial site or location of the tragedy
  • Make a donation to a charitable organization or start a scholarship in the deceased person’s name. It is especially personal if the deceased person had an organization they were particularly active in or strongly supported.
  • Make a toast or say a prayer at the start of a family meal or gathering.
  • Plant a tree or dedicate a bench or plaque.
  • Be aware that anniversaries may trigger heavy feelings of grief.Do not be afraid of them, rather embrace them and reach out to your other family members and friends.

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