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Grief and the Holidays

Posted on: December 15th, 2020

While the rest of the world celebrates in socially distanced ways or gathers in small groups this holiday season, countless others around the world will be grieving the loss of loved ones this year.

The holiday music, holiday parties, and festive decorations that are meant to bring joy often trigger painful reminders of loss in those that grieve. As it is for most people experiencing loss, the holiday season is typically the most painful time of all.
If you are wondering how to get through the holidays this year, the strategies outlined by Amy Morin may help.

  1. Trust that grief is part of healing.
  2. Set healthy boundaries
  3. Focus on what you can control
  4. Plan ahead.
  5. Allow yourself to feel a range of emotions
  6. Find a way to honor your memories. Decide which traditions to keep or change.
  7. Create new traditions in memory of your loved one.
  8. Do something kind for others.
  9. Ask for help. Seek out support.

Acknowledge that the holidays will be different and they will be tough, but remind yourself there will also be love and joy. Remember it is ok to experience happiness during a time of loss. Acknowledge the
the joy you do find this holiday season.
For more tips see her blog or my Blog #5: Grief…Why does it hurt so much? If you need support, contact me at SHCS.