The holiday season is already a pretty stressful time for just about everyone, and it can make dealing with grief a lot more difficult. If this is your or a friend’s first festive season without a loved one in your life, you may not know how to cope. While coping with grief over the holiday period is going to be a very different journey for everyone, there are a few things that you can do for yourself or your friend or family member to try and help them through this difficult period.
Only you know what feels right for you – you don’t have to participate in every holiday event you usually do if you feel it will be too overwhelming. While you may feel like there’s pressure to attend family gatherings, holiday parties, work parties or anything in between, you need to be sure to keep yourself at the forefront of your mind. It’s okay to commit to an event but not stay for too long, and it’s also okay to opt out of certain events completely.
Allow Yourself to Grieve
You may try and push your feelings aside, especially if you find yourself very busy at this time of year. However, it’s important to let yourself acknowledge your feelings and grieve however you see fit. You should also remind yourself that you’re allowed to still feel positive emotions as well – for example, you can miss your family member while still enjoying the holiday.
If the loved one that you’ve lost usually has set roles over the holiday period, it can be helpful to try to plan ahead and fill these in to avoid unnecessary moments of grief.
Ask For or Offer Help
If you find yourself struggling more than you can deal with over this time, reach out for help. Or, if you notice a friend or family member struggling, offer a helping hand. Whether it helps with cooking for a Christmas dinner, looking after the kids one day or simply just being a friendly face to listen to when they want to talk, it can do wonders to help with stress and grief.
Honour Old Traditions
Continuing with old traditions can help to honour and celebrate the individuals who are no longer here; this is a heartfelt way to keep their memory present.
Create New Traditions
Remember – creating new memories do not erase the old ones. Creating a new holiday tradition can be one way to help you move on in a healthy manner.
It’s important to remember there’s no right or wrong way to approach the holiday season when dealing with grief, nor is there a one-size-fits-all solution for grieving over the festive period. Be kind to yourself, allow yourself to have fun and take it one day at a time.
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