Previous blog posts have acknowledged how hard it is to deal with special occasions (e.g. holidays, birthdays) when you've recently lost the one you love. So, what do you do when you receive an invitation for that special occasion that you don't feel like accepting? Maybe you are afraid you'll be a wet blanket, or you aren't eager to do something new and different because you really just want things as they were. That's understandable but perhaps turning down the invitation isn't really in your best interest.
Before you say "no" to an invitation too quickly, give yourself a few minutes to think about it. Take that time to consider your alternatives. What will you do if you don't accept it? Is there something you would prefer to do? Think about it, do you really want to be alone on that special day?
It is important to acknowledge that the day won't be the same. Acknowledge your loss. A woman who recently lost her husband goes to the cemetery for a little chat on those special days. She "tells" her husband how it's hard for her and that she misses him. Then she tells him how she is going to spend the day.
It is difficult to do something different on those special occasions. Your first few efforts may even fall short. Eventually, perhaps even sooner than you expect, you will find your joy in the occasions again.