The holidays can be full of joy and anticipation, and it's often our culture's expectation. However, when we've lost a loved one, the holidays may instead become a time of sorrow and stress.
Being aware of the change that grief brings and also doing things with intention can be a part of our healing process, especially during the holidays.
How can I cope with this loss during the holidays?
- Be aware that grief needs expression, not repression.
- Share with others about your grief and where you are emotionally.
- Enlist others as a support system.
- Search for meaning and connection with who our loved one was in our life.
- Find tangible ways to remember and include the connection with your loved one during the holidays, such as playing certain music that they loved or lighting a candle in their memory at a holiday gathering.
Grief is hard on us - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. And caring for ourselves is vital while going through grief, yet it's often hard to do.
More ways to cope:
- Set limits around your time and commitments due to grief.
- Prioritize what you feel you can and want to do during the holidays.
- Exercise, eat well and get plenty of rest.
- Do things that bring you joy and laughter.
- Remember good times with your loved ones.
If you find that your grief is too hard to deal with on your own or you feel it's developing into a more serious condition such as depression, contact a licensed provider with Cone Health Medical Group or Alamance Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services.