This mimics the days in mid-winter, with short daylight and long nights.
At first, the participants would sleep huge stretches of time, likely making up for sleep debt that’s common among modern people.
Some were more active and would leave to visit with neighbours. Ekirch attributes the change to the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses.
Author Craig Koslofsky offers a further theory in his book .
Rather than staying up and active the usual sixteen hours per day, they would stay up only ten.
The other fourteen hours they would be in a closed, dark room, where they would rest or sleep as much as possible.
Make a toast or say a prayer or blessing in their honor.
Continue to work towards a cause your loved one was involved with. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of 30 ways to honor and remember your loved one on the anniversary of their death. Do this alone and have a good cry or reminisce over photo albums with family and friends. Turn digital photos into a photo album on Shutterfly or Snapfish. Donate a few of your loved ones old belongings to a shelter or other charity. You may also be interested in our (free) mini e Course, Managing Grief on Holidays and Special Days. Take flowers to the grave site, memorial site, or other place where you go to remember your loved one. If you don’t want to give away any of their things, just make a charitable donation in their name. Volunteer with a charity or cause close to your loved ones heart. The anniversary of my mother’s death was this past week, October 23rd to be exact. Build a memorial with portraits, personal items, and objects that remind you of your loved one. As soon as the fall weather hit I could feel it approaching. Make a mix CD of music that reminds you of your loved one. Create a new ritual to celebrate the life of your loved one.