The Mystical Bridge
8 Ways to Feel Connected to Deceased Loved Ones During Holidays, Anniversaries, and Birthdays.
Because we feel the absence of our dearly departed loved ones all year through, this week’s posting is more of a letter than an article. I want to talk with you about the importance of memories.
If there’s one thing we learn from aging, it’s the value of memories. Memories are unquestionably magical. The magic exists because memories allow us to relive special moments that survive in our minds, reigniting the feelings of love and connection we once felt at the time of that memory. By thinking of memorable moments in the past, memories act as a bridge that connects the physical and spiritual realms. In other words, thinking about the people we love who have died bridges the gap between us. That’s where the true magic exists.
When a loved one dies, it’s common for family members and friends to reminisce about stories involving the deceased. Even eulogies are often a string of joyful memories about lost loved ones. There’s a mystical quality to memories that is often overlooked. These remembrances may bring a smile to our faces and laughter to our bellies, but they help to connect our spirit to the spirits of our loved ones who have passed.
Holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays have a way of highlighting the void that our deceased loved ones have left in our hearts and lives. I know I’ve been feeling it, which got me thinking about eight simple ways to connect to those we miss.
On the surface, these practices are a way of including deceased loved ones in our celebrations. Rather than remind us of their absence, these practices help us to reconnect with them. Taking it a step further, this bridge we create by remembering loved ones also allows them to connect with us. By reliving our most memorable moments with them, we mystically create a bridge upon which human beings can meet spiritual beings.
In the spirit of drawing our deceased loved ones closer, here are eight simple practices we can apply this year.