Poll Result: My Favorite Way to Stay Connected to Loved Ones I’ve Lost Is…

Below are results from the September/October 2010 Hello Grief Poll.

Please continue the discussion in the comments section below.

Question: My favorite way to stay connected to loved ones I’ve lost is…

Total Responses 342

  • 122 Votes – talking to them
  • 66 Votes – doing activities they loved
  • 66 Votes – visiting places that remind me of them
  • 45 Votes – visiting their grave/memorial site, or where we spread their ashes
  • 43 Votes – writing to them

View this and vote on this month’s Hello Grief poll at www.hellogrief.org.

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  1. Carla said on November 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm ... #

    Talking with him and visiting a psychic medium

  2. Joyce Gallegos said on November 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm ... #

    My favorite way to stay connected to my late son Tim, is to visit the beach, the countryside and outdoors that he loved so much. I always write a letter to him on his birthday and on his death anniversary. and he is in my prayers every night.

  3. Susan Henson said on January 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm ... #

    I like writing a message on a helium balloon and releasing it.

  4. Pat said on February 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm ... #

    I stay connected with my son by continuing to celebrate his birhtday by cooking his favorite meal and fininshing it off with his favorite cake. I still buy him a christmas ornament every year and honor him in other family celebrations. New Years we visited the cemetary at 12:00 his brothers did burn outs at his grave in his car along with friends lighting fire works. The time I spend honoring him during these difficult times helps me to keep him present in my life. I am not sure how long I will get away with it and have the added support I have been so fortunate to have but one thing is certain, for me it is much easier to acknowlege and honor him than it is to let him become just another person lost from my past. Out of site out of mind will never apply in this scenario. my son is also in my prayers, thoughts and heart every day. I dont know when but one thing I am sure of is we will be together again and when that happens it will be for eternity.

  5. Ryan Blanchard said on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm ... #

    I love talking to the pictures I have in my room and pretending like he is still there. I know he is probably sitting right beside I just don’t know it. ): I miss being able to hug him again but something I do to help me stay connected is I like to talk to them, do activities they loved to do, and visiting their grave/memorial site.

  6. Darshini said on September 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm ... #

    I hope that I dream about him every night. The very thought of subconsciously seeing him, where you dont have direct control of your thoughts, sort of helps me connect with him.
    Of course, the regular things of talking to him, seeing pictures, doing what he loved etc. are also a part of connecting to him

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