A Christmas Message from James Beaton

James Beaton remembers Grandpa at Christmas
Here’s a throwback photo of me and my grandpa.

My grandfather died on Christmas Eve when I was young. I wondered why? Why on Christmas Eve? In the early years of my life, the joy of Christmas was eclipsed by the sadness of remembering his loss. As the years have gone by, however, I find myself remembering him more at this time of year than any other time, and I look forward to remembering. Of all my other grandparents, I do not recall their dates of death, but this one I always remember. Of course I miss him, we all do in the family, but it’s a wonderful time of year to remember.

“Wonderful” doesn’t describe the holiday season for a lot of people. The holidays can be especially difficult for those who have lost a loved one. As they go about decorating, gift-giving, and celebrating the season, families and friends are often keenly aware of their loss. The traditions they loved so dearly can become painful reminders of what’s missing in their lives and homes.

At Legacy Funeral Chapels, we bring comfort to families who are grieving and help them begin the often-difficult process of healing. Throughout the process of planning and going through a funeral or memorial service, I often form a bond with the families I am serving. While I am not a certified counselor, I am always willing to lend an ear to those who are grieving. Sometimes a compassionate listener is just what people need to get over a rough patch.

I hope those experiencing loss will be surrounded by loved ones throughout the holiday season. For many, it will be a time of transition as they develop new holiday traditions that bring them happiness, even as they longingly remember holidays past.

All of us at Legacy Funeral Chapels in Gillett and Green Bay extend our warm wishes to everyone in the community as we celebrate Christmas and the New Year, hopefully with more joy than sorrow.

2 entries on “A Christmas Message from James Beaton

  1. I lost my grandfather on Good Friday so I totally understand what you are saying. That was almost 60 years ago and I also think of him on that day every year. It was hard to sing in the church choir that day but I also knew it was where I needed to be for Jesus and Grandpa

    1. Thank you for sharing your memory. A loss is difficult any time of the year, but a death around the holidays seems to stick in our memories more.

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