Dealing With Grief During The Holidays

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“Merry Christmas!” “Happy Holidays!” “Happy New Year!”

​These phrases in our society typically bring happiness and joy, but to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, these words can sting.  Grief is hard enough on a normal day, but you add the pressure and expectations of the holidays, the pain seems to increase.  Throughout the holiday season, those of us who are missing someone important could use some relief.  Here are some tips that can help you through this holiday season. 

  1. Decide what traditions you want to keep and which ones you’d rather not try to do.  You do not have to do everything, but it is important to review your traditions and do the traditions most important to you. In deciding what traditions you’ll keep during the holiday season you can also choose to add a new tradition.  
  2. Decide what traditions you want to keep and which ones you’d rather not try to do.  You do not have to do everything, but it is important to review your traditions and do the traditions most important to you. In deciding what traditions you’ll keep during the holiday season you can also choose to add a new tradition.  
  3. Decide what traditions you want to keep and which ones you’d rather not try to do.  You do not have to do everything, but it is important to review your traditions and do the traditions most important to you. In deciding what traditions you’ll keep during the holiday season you can also choose to add a new tradition.  
  4. Decide what traditions you want to keep and which ones you’d rather not try to do.  You do not have to do everything, but it is important to review your traditions and do the traditions most important to you. In deciding what traditions you’ll keep during the holiday season you can also choose to add a new tradition.  
  5. Decide what traditions you want to keep and which ones you’d rather not try to do.  You do not have to do everything, but it is important to review your traditions and do the traditions most important to you. In deciding what traditions you’ll keep during the holiday season you can also choose to add a new tradition.  

Wherever you are along your grief journey, whether your loss was last month or years ago, you are allowed to grieve and feel the feelings that come up during the holiday season.  There is no timeline to grief, therefore there is no timeline on using whatever coping skills you will need in your emotional toolbox this holiday season.  If you are needing help along your grief journey, we invite you to give our office a call. We can set up a time for you to speak with someone who can walk alongside you in your grief journey this holiday season and beyond. We wish you a Happy Holiday season, filled with joy and times of remembering and reflection.

If you are struggling with grief this time of year, schedule an appointment with one of our providers to help you through this season. 

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