The spring is a beautiful season, during which earth awakens from its winter’s nap and bursts into bloom. It’s a time of renewal and new life, a time of hope and joy. If you’ve lost a loved one, though, the season can seem empty and devoid of meaning. How do you cope with death in the face of all that new life?
- Allow yourself to feel the way you feel. There’s often a flurry of activity around us in the spring, and for someone who is grieving, it can bring anxiety. Your grief might even intensify if you feel like you are stuck while the world is moving on around you. Remind yourself, in those moments, that your loss is real, and your feelings are valid. Don’t feel pressured to participate in celebrations if you don’t feel like celebrating.
- Take the time for self-care. Plan some nurturing activities to help ease your pain and set you on the path to healing. Let your loved ones know how you’re feeling, and talk about ways to help you cope with your loss. Use the season to your advantage, making time to get out in the sunshine and appreciate the beauty around you.
- Participate in the renewal of the season, as you are able. Allow the warmer weather and changing season to propel you into action, whether that means spring cleaning, planting a garden, or trying a new hobby. Not ready for a big gesture? Start by taking a walk or going to the park with a friend.
- Embrace the hope of Easter. The Catholic faith offers an advantage over the pain of death. The meaning of Easter is that death’s hold on us has been reversed. During the season of Lent, we can take time to reflect on our lives and contemplate death, allowing our faith to help us find meaning in our grief. When Easter comes, it brings resurrection hope. Christ’s resurrection offers the hope of eternal life, reminding us that death is not final and can’t rob us of the love and memories we have of those we have lost. We can embrace the renewing power of God’s grace, and begin to move forward toward healing, even as we grieve.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of the Catholic Community in San Jose, California. Committed to providing a sacred place where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting, we welcome you and your family to visit our properties and experience the peace of these prayerful places. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer them. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need to know where to send flowers, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-