October has passed and the festive Halloween decorations have been stowed away until next year. The Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce has been enjoyed and the house is quiet once again. For many, the turn of the seasons from October to December is filled with sadness as they contemplate spending the holidays without the ones they love. A season that should be joyful has become one of stress, fear, and grief.
The holidays can be a tough time for people after the loss of a loved one. Christmas parties, music, and decorations that are meant to bring joy sometimes serve as a painful reminder of what we’ve lost. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to cope with the grief and sadness we may be feeling to get through the holidays in a healthy and fulfilling way.
There is no “right way” to handle grief. Everyone grieves differently and heals differently. In the past people would wear black to alert people around them that they were in mourning and perhaps wouldn’t be participating in holiday events as they processed their grief. Today this practice has fallen away. In our rushed society, sometimes we are forced back into normal life far more quickly than we’re ready–especially during the holidays.
If you’re experiencing holiday grief or know someone who is, it’s important to recognize that things are going to be different this year–and that’s okay. Patience and understanding go a long way to helping someone through this difficult process. Communication is an important factor. If you’re feeling guilty about not wanting to celebrate or not having your usual holiday spirit, share your thoughts with your loved ones. You’re sure to find the support that you need during this time and may even come up with new family traditions to help you through this season.
No one wants to feel the loss of a loved one, especially during the holiday season, but you don’t have to feel alone. Nurture yourself and follow these steps to cope with the holidays in a healthy way with the support of your family, friends and loved ones–and the team at BrainTap. We wish you love and light during this and every season.
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Want even more strategies for coping with grief at the holidays? Check out this article https://whatsyourgrief.com/64-tips-grief-at-the-holidays/.
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