You’ve recently lost a loved one. Your world has changed. And now Christmas is just around the corner.
Wondering how you are going to deal w? Follow our advice below to help navigate the holidays while dealing with your grief.
Find Ways to Remember Your Loved One
Although it’s difficult to talk about a loved one, it’s even more difficult to refrain from mentioning them.
Instead, continue a favourite tradition of theirs in their honour. Was there a favourite baked good they made each Christmas? Did he/she enjoy watching a certain movie every Christmas Eve? Was there a certain place they went each holiday season to purchase their Christmas tree?
If you can’t think of a tradition they enjoyed, then why not start a new one in their honour?
Remove Any Expectations
This holiday season, put yourself first. You’re going through enough already; you don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do. Participate in as much or as little of the holiday festivities you would like.
This year is different from all the rest; so cut yourself some slack. You do not need to navigate this holiday season by doing everything that you normally would. Put any expectations aside.
Honour Your Feelings
More than likely, this holiday season will feel like a roller coaster ride.
Besides feeling hopeful, joyful and grateful, you may feel defeated, sad and ungrateful. It’s okay to experience all these emotions – remind yourself of this regularly!
Complete any self-care you need: book a spa day, take a trip, binge watch television. And don’t forget to ask family and friends for help whenever needed.
Dealing with Grief this Holiday Season
Normally a time of joy, Christmas can be difficult after losing a loved one. The best advice? Pay attention to what you require during this time.
Are you starting to get overwhelmed, being surrounded by family and friends? Politely excuse yourself and take a few minutes for yourself.
Are you finding a lot of memories rushing back at you within your own home? Bundle up and take a leisurely walk outside, appreciating the beauty in this season.
Yes, surviving the holidays without your loved one is going to be a challenge. But know that you are strong enough to get through this difficult time!