Losing a loved one is difficult to deal with any time of year. But during the holidays, the feelings of sadness, guilt and loss tend to increase because they remind us of occasions that often included happy memories with the loved one who has passed.
In order to cope more effectively, patience and some effort are necessary. But there are some helpful ways to lessen the burden of grief during this time, and to brighten the holiday experience. Here are some tips to consider:
- Spend time with your loved ones. Being with those you love is one of the best ways to remain socially active and enjoy the holidays. While the temptation to avoid social gatherings during a grieving period is understandable, the trusted, understanding people in your life can help lift your spirits. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as coffee with a friend, or a more traditional holiday event, when you engage with people who are important in your life, your holiday experience will be enhanced.
- Speak with those you trust. One of the reasons the holidays can be so difficult when coping with the loss of a loved one is because of happy, past memories, and a sense of longing that the person isn’t experiencing new ones with you. But often, when you share those memories with people you trust and love and talk about the happy times you’ve had, it can help you to accept your loss a bit easier. Having meaningful and positive conversations will help you view the holidays in a memorable, peaceful light.
- Make some time for yourself. The holidays are a festive, active time of year. While spending time with family and friends is important, it is also worth taking time to focus on yourself for healthy reflection and enjoyable activities. Pick something you enjoy doing and give it a little extra attention. Whether it be through exercise, eating at your favorite restaurant, reading a good book, or working on a hobby, these are just some helpful and healthy ways to focus on yourself and help you cope more thoroughly.
For any questions or more information on how you can cope with your loss during the holiday season, visit our website or call 815-433-0313.
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