Tips For Coping With Grief At The Holidays

While many of us are looking forward to the upcoming holiday and spending time with loved ones, someone we know dreads the approaching holiday season. The holidays don’t always mean happiness, memories, family, friends and fellowship. For someone we know, and maybe even ouselves, the holidays mean death, loss, despair, depression.

While we all have so much to be thankful for, let’s also keep in our thoughts and prayers those who aren’t looking forward to the holidays.

Here are some tips to help make the holidays a bit more tolerable for someone grieving —

  • Create new traditions and memories.
  • Switch it up a bit and find a different place to land for the holidays. Travel. Visit your old college roommate.
  • Remember that not everyone will be grieving the same way you are grieving.
  • Reminisce on past memories and traditions and find a way to incorporate someone’s memory into your upcoming plans.
  • Light a candle in your home in memory of the person you’ve lost.
  • Include one of your loved one’s favorite dishes in your holiday meal.
  • Be honest. Tell people what you DO want to do for the holidays and what you DON’T want to do.
  • Make a donation to a charity that was important to your loved one in their name.
  • Adopt a family in memory of your loved one. This can often be done through a church, salvation army, or good will.
  • Send a holiday card to friends of your loved one who you may regret having lost touch with.
  • Journal when you are having an especially bad day.
  • It’s OK not to celebrate with a crowd. Make the holiday as intimate as you would like.
  • Put out a photo table with photos of your loved one at holiday celebrations in the past.
  • Volunteer in your loved one’s memory.
  • Crying is OK.


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