Advent Calendar – Honoring the Deceased

Geneabloggers Advent Calendar  of Christmas Memories
prompt for December 22 asked how our family honors our decease relatives at  Christmas. . .

Sometimes sentiments are not spoken,
rather expressed with a heartfelt token

So to honor loved ones that did depart,
offer a gift of remembrance from the heart.
(C. Gade)

This has been a year of losses in our family.  It’s our first Christmas without my Step-dad who has been gone for only 4 months now.  I found that this blog lent me an opportunity to share and recall some Cherished Memories, including a genealogy gift I gave to him one Christmas.  Our family is also still grieving the loss of my cousin who was murdered, along with several others, in January.  Her sister has been working on some family history pages also (Ron Buckley, Deb Tillotson). It’s amazing how bits of healing can come through doing a family history.

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