Easter time has been a time of celebration throughout the world for many centuries. For many it marks the end of winter and the coming of spring with its warmer weather and new life. In Christian communities Easter is celebrated as when Jesus was resurrected from the dead. This time of year in the Jewish religion is also Passover, when Jews rejoice in the anniversary of the Israelites' escape from enslavement in Egypt.
Living in the southern hemisphere we of course are not celebrating the arrival of spring, but still recognise and celebrate Easter traditions with or without religion.
People are granted holiday time to spend with family or friends. Feasts are prepared and hot cross buns guzzled. Easter hunts are organised for children. Chocolate treats in the shape of eggs, chicks and rabbits are gifted, as symbols of new or fertile life.
For many around the world Easter is seen as a hopeful time of new beginnings and fresh starts.
Easter is an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends, a time of festivity and appreciation. For a loved one living with dementia maybe an Easter time tradition could trigger a pleasant reminiscence? Perhaps you could involve them in the preparation of a celebratory meal? Maybe they have customarily attended a special religious service you could take them to? Or maybe just the smell or taste of festive food, a hot cross bun, or chocolate will remind them of overindulgence in the past!
However you enjoy the Easter season, please remember those who care for loved ones with dementia on a daily basis around the world.
Nurses, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, family, friends and many other caregivers who nurture and care, and may sometimes need a little care and attention themselves in order to begin each day with a fresh start.