After the loss of a loved one, grief is one of the strongest emotions we experience. Many people will feel lonely, even if family and friends are around. In difficult times like that, it is essential to have a good grief support system so that you don’t go through difficult times all alone.
Although having friends and family by your side can feel comforting, sometimes it is just not enough. They may also be experiencing the same or similar grief, and they may not have previous experience to help with grief healing.
Grief recovery groups can provide valuable support, resources, and models that can help you cope after the death of your loved one.
Processing grief can be easier with the support of grieving support groups where people can relate to the difficult times you are going through and help you with proven methods, to learn how to best live your life on a day-to-day basis, but also on the more difficult days of your grief journey.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory we deeply sympathize with the grief you are experiencing, and are committed to providing you and your family with compassionate care before, during, and after the funeral.
We believe that life should be celebrated and memories shared; not only by paying tribute to the loved ones we lost, but also by honoring and treasuring our own life, and the lives of other people we care about.
One of the things that can help restore strength and joy into your life is finding pleasant and interesting things to do with your family or friends.
Since there truly is a lot to enjoy and appreciate about life, we took the liberty to pick 5 things to do in Lancaster, PA this fall, in hopes that this will help with your grief healing. We gently encourage you to go out and embrace life, because it is precious.
- Miracle of Christmas at Sight and Sound Theatre
Go back in time as you follow the extraordinary journey of Mary and Joseph and witness the greatest birth in history at this wonderful theater where art meets soul.
Miracle of Christmas, an absolutely incredible performance, returns to Lancaster County, PA during the months of November and December. Feel the atmosphere of the lively village of Bethlehem with camels, horses, donkeys and villagers passing by, and be transported to the hillside where legions of angels descend upon the shepherds to announce, “The Savior is born!”
- Lapp Valley Farm
This lovely Lancaster County dairy farm is a fun and relaxing place to spend a few hours by yourself or with your family. Enjoy delicious ice cream and freshly made waffle cones, as you encounter friendly peacocks, bull dogs, and cats.
Watch the Jersey cows being milked, pet the calves that are bottle-fed, and, even if for a moment, be soothed by the lovely nature and animals.
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
A once in a lifetime experience, as you come up and soar, and feel the exhilaration of floating effortlessly through the fresh air.
Experience a hot air balloon ride over the majestic Amish farmland, relax as everything slows down, and enjoy the vastness all around you. On a clear day, you might even get a glimpse of the Chesapeake Bay.
Upon your balloon ride you’ll often get to meet farmers and see children waving and chasing the balloon in the fields.
Many people, after they’ve experienced the hot air balloon rides, say that this was one of the most peaceful feelings they’ve had.
- Awaken Your Taste Buds in Lititz
Visit Lititz, where you can savor edible goodies, and make them too, as you stroll through this charming and eclectic little town.
Welcome to America’s First Commercial Pretzel Bakery – Julius Sturgis, established in 1861. You can take a bakery tour, twist your own pretzel, learn about the history of pretzel baking, see the original brick ovens built in 1861, and watch old-fashioned soft pretzels being made on site.
Tours are offered every day, and you can also taste their fresh hot soft pretzels and the company’s variety of hard pretzels.
Next, walk to the Wilbur Chocolate Factory Store, called “a child’s dream and a grownup’s delight”! Let the rich caramel crunch or creamy Wilbur buds sweeten your day, while you explore the museum and factory store.
- First Fridays in Lancaster City
Downtown Lancaster becomes even more lively and vibrant every First Friday of the month. From 5pm to 9 pm, the city’s art galleries, studios, museums, restaurants, shops, and attractions stay open late for locals and visitors to enjoy the festive atmosphere, dining, art, and entertainment.
Wonderful arts and entertainment events are happening throughout the county, too – so every Friday is a special event somewhere in Lancaster County.
Fall in Lancaster County means brisker weather, leaves changing colors to rich golds, auburns and reds, and abundant harvest time. This is a perfect time for wandering through one of the county’s many orchards, getting lost in one of vast corn mazes, and visiting roadside stands and farmers markets.
We hope you decide to enjoy some, or maybe all, of these things to do around beautiful Lancaster, PA, and that you find that such different experiences can help alleviate your sadness at least a little bit.
Since there is no strict recipe or best way to grieve, the healing process will be different for everyone. Still, there are some grief recovery methods and healthy ways that will help you cope with the pain and let go once you are ready.
For resources on grief support groups and more information about how DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory can be there for you and your family and help with a funerals or other services, please contact us today: