How to Get Through Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of celebration and giving, but it can also be a difficult time for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. This is not the time to feel guilty or lonely because you are spending this special time without your loved one. You need to take care of yourself and focus on living during these upcoming weeks. Here are a few tips on how to cope with grief during the holiday season.

1. Be realistic about what you can comfortably handle this holiday season. It’s OK to ask someone else to host the family dinner, or allow friends to help with shopping and other chores.

2. Are you up to talking about your lost loved one? Just let others know what you feel comfortable discussing.

3. Feel free to change up your holiday routine. From when you open presents to what you eat for your holiday meal, how you choose to celebrate the holidays is up to you. There is no right or wrong way to do it, whether you continue old traditions or start a new one.

4. Do something in honor of your loved one. Donate time or money to a cause with special meaning. Invite an elderly neighbor or friend to join you for a holiday meal.

5. If you decide to go holiday shopping, make a list before you go. You can also shop online to avoid crowds altogether.

6. Take time to rest. The holidays can be draining, both physically and emotionally. Get enough sleep and plan time to simply relax.

7. Express your feelings. It is natural to feel sad. Talk to someone you trust about your concerns, be it a family member, friend or professional therapist.

8. It may take time to feel “normal” during the holidays again. You may have a new normal. You may even find yourself looking forward to the next holiday season.

9. Take up a new hobby, or volunteer at a charitable organization that is hosting food drives and fundraising events during the holidays. Giving back to the community by volunteering for a cause that your loved one was passionate about is a wonderful way to honor their memory.

10. Give yourself permission to have fun. It’s OK to laugh and enjoy yourself.

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