Grief Support During the Holidays
Losing someone you love is always hard. That loss can be especially difficult during the holidays. As you begin your grief journey, please know that there are ways to find support during this time of year. Some steps that you can take to help navigate your grief during the holidays include:
Set Boundaries Around Holiday Events
If planning and hosting parties is something you love, then it is possible that these activities could help you manage your grief and find peace. However, if the festivities are draining or are no longer enjoyable to attend, choose to do what is healthy for you by either only going to a few for a little while or even not at all. It is okay to not attended every holiday party or gathering this year. Your family and friends will understand if you need some time away as you grieve.
Talk to Family and Friends
Speaking with family and friends about your grief can be a wonderfully healing thing during the holidays. Share stories and favorite memories of your shared Loved One and find comfort in knowing that their spirit lives on through each of you. This sense of connection can help carry you through the holiday season.
Reserve Space for Self-Care
As you grieve, self-care becomes a necessity – but the busiest weeks of the year don’t always allow for the time needed to truly take care of yourself. Try to dedicate at least an hour or two each week to do something that you love and is relaxing. When you take care of yourself, you will be able to journey through your grief in a healthier way.
Join a Grief Support Group
Many people find support groups helpful as they navigate the holiday season. As you talk with those who are in a similar situation, you can learn coping techniques to help you as you continue to grieve. Support groups are also a wonderful reminder that you are not alone, and that there are other people who are there for you, should you ever need them.
Ask for Help
The holidays can be a difficult time, especially if you are grieving. If you need help with certain tasks, do not hesitate to ask those around you. Family and friends are often ready and willing to step in to help with your needs, whether those be cooking a holiday meal, shopping for and wrapping gifts, or simply listening as you process emotions.
Your grief journey may not look the same as everyone else’s this holiday season. That is okay. What matters is that you are taking care of yourself and doing what is right for you. Now and always, may you feel surrounded by love and support. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss.