The holiday season can be the time grief hits the hardest. There’s never an easy time to experience loss, but the emphasis on family time, gratitude, and togetherness during the Holidays can trigger intensely painful emotions.
There are no easy answers or guaranteed solutions, but here are some ways you can lighten the burden of loss this upcoming holiday season.
Tips on handling grief during the holiday season
Allow yourself to feel.
Grief can get messy. It’s important to allow yourself to go through the heavy process. Remember that these feelings of grief attest to the strength of the relationship you had with the person that’s gone.
Ask for help.
So many people want to help, but just don’t know how, or what it is that you need. Asking for help and allowing yourself to accept it, can bring you closer to the other people in your life.
It can also might alleviate loneliness and the heaviness of the loss.
Help someone else.
Sometimes the best way to break out of your grief is by focusing on the needs of others.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen, a veteran’s hospital, an animal shelter, or any other place that can use your input.
If you think it’d be helpful, you can make the experience more meaningful by volunteering in the memory of the loved one that’s gone.
Spend the holidays with other loved ones.
The intensity of grief can sometimes cause us to want to be alone. It may be worthwhile to push yourself and get together with other loved ones or friends.
Create a new tradition in memory of your loved one.
Create a new tradition that will give you space to honor the memory of your loved one and bask in the positive memories you created together.
Click here for some other suggestions about getting through the holidays after the loss of a loved one.
Reach out for help
Sometimes seeking professional guidance is the bravest thing you can do. You don’t have to suffer alone.
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