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Coping with grief during the holidays

Coping with grief during the holidays
Whether it is your first Christmas without someone special who has passed or your twentieth, coping with grief during the holidays can be a significant challenge.

Losing a loved one is always hard. But during the holiday season grief can be almost overwhelming.  While things may feel very grim there are some steps you can take to help you get through the holidays while you grieve.  Here are some tips to help you or a loved one through the coming season.

  • Do not feel guilty – Know that it is ok to feel happiness through a difficult time
  • Share happy memories about your loved one
  • Allow support from your family and friends or find a support group in your area – You don’t have to do this alone.  If you are helping someone through the grief stage – let them know you are there for them.
  • Celebrate old traditions or make new ones in memory of your loved one.
  • Most importantly – Take care of yourself

If someone close to you is entering the holiday season after a loss, here are a few ways you can help them get through this difficult time.

  • Be an ear to listen if they want to talk
  • Help them with shopping, decorating and errands
  • Reassure them that whatever they are feeling is ok. Everyone grieves differently.
  • Visit, call, invite them to dinner, or just let them know you are there
  • Above all be patient and understanding

 

Discussion

  1. Nicole Day  May 3, 2015

    I lost my husband of 40 years to brain cancer after an almost 3 year heroic battle. I lost my best friend, my support system, half of myself. I feel hopelessly lost. I have family support but it is very hard because he died at the end of 2014 and everything in 2015 if a first without him. Some days I want to sleep and sleep. I am in a therapy group and have tried a number of activities but until you have walked in my shoes, you don’t know how I feel

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