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DEVELOPING NEW HOLIDAY TRADITIONS PART OF COPING WITH GRIEF DURING HOLIDAYS

 UNION LAKE, Mich., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating new holiday rituals and traditions to meet the new life situation you find yourself in after the death of a relative or close friend, are positive ways of learning how to cope with death around the holidays, said a Union Lake funeral director, who has spoken before many local groups on the subjects of death, dying and other funeral issues.
 "Developing a new ritual is part of the healing process," said David A. Black, whose Elton Black & Son Funeral Home in Union Lake, offers a full-time, year-around bereavement support program called HOPE -- Helping Ourselves and Other People Emotionally.
 "For many, this means to include a way to memorialize the relative or friend as part of the holiday tradition to make them a lasting part of the holiday."
 Black offers these 10 suggestions:
 1. Light a memorial candle each day throughout the holiday season.
 2. Place a single flower on the table in honor of the loved one.
 3. Decorate the altar at church in memory of the deceased.
 4. Make a donation to a charity your loved one especially believed
 in.
 5. Help a needy family with groceries or gifts.
 6. Offer a special toast to your loved one at dinner. This could
 accompany a time to tell a favorite story.
 7. Decorate the deceased's grave.
 8. Buy a Christmas present for your loved one in the form of a
 special gift for the home.
 9. Give a special picture as a gift -- perhaps a family favorite
 which has been restored and put in a special frame.
 10. Place a special ornament on the tree in memory of your loved
 one.
 Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, at 1233 Union Road, has served the Union Lake area for nearly 30 years. It offers an extensive library, consisting of 150 volumes on grief and bereavement and 250 volumes on related subjects such as co-dependency. Black, a graduate of Wayne State University, has spoken before a number of local organizations about death, dying and other funeral issues.
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 /CONTACT: Sue Tumanis or Lisa Morris of Hermanoff & Associates, 313-851-3993, for Elton Black & Son Funeral Home/


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