The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, celebration and creating lasting memories with family and friends.
For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, however, the holidays can be a difficult time. The themes, scenery and events of the holiday season can serve as painful reminders of the loss instead of the joyous occasions they are meant to be.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease this burden during the holidays and help make the festivities more enjoyable and peaceful. Here are some helpful tips.
Allow the time for grief
The important thing to understand is that it is OK to grieve. Grieving is part of healing. Taking the time to experience and even welcome the difficult feelings associated with loss can help you understand and accept it. Allow yourself the time to deal with these feelings, while also engaging in activities you enjoy. Give some extra attention to things like exercise, your favorite food, or a good book. Allowing yourself to experience these feelings is a healthy sign.
Create new memories and traditions
One of the reasons the holidays can be stressful or even painful while coping is due to the associated traditions and memories we have of lost loved ones. But this time is also an opportunity to create new memories in their honor. Perhaps eating their favorite food, watching a favorite movie of theirs, or enhancing old traditions in recognition of the lost person are some ways to honor and continue to love them, even if they are no longer with you.
Spend time with people you care about
Whether it’s a family gathering, or something as simple as a cup of coffee with a friend, surrounding yourself with people who matter to you is very healthy and beneficial during the grieving process. Doing so also helps keep you engaged in positive social activities so that you don’t spend too much time alone.
For more information or questions about how to better cope with a loss during the holidays, please visit www.thejonesfh.com, or call us at 815-288-2241.
Jones Funeral Home
204 S Ottawa Ave
Dixon, IL 61021