By: Loveli Brown
The holiday season is often associated with joy, family gatherings, and celebrations. However, for many people, it can be a difficult and painful time, especially for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Experiencing loss is always a challenge, but it can feel particularly difficult during the holiday season when we are expected to be cheerful and merry.
Here are five ways to deal with loss during the holidays:
1.) Allow yourself to grieve: It’s normal to feel sad and to mourn the loss of a loved one. Allow yourself to feel your emotions and to grieve in your own way. Don’t feel pressured to put on a happy face if you’re not feeling it.
2.) Start a new tradition: Doing something different during the holiday season can help you honor your loved one’s memory in a new way. Consider starting a new tradition that you can do each year in their honor.
3.) Reach out for support: Talk to friends and family members who understand what you’re going through. Sometimes just talking about your feelings and memories can help you feel better.
4.) Practice self-care: Take care of yourself during this difficult time. Eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest, and do things that bring you joy and comfort.
5.) Volunteer or give back: Helping others can be a healing experience. Consider volunteering at a local charity or donating to a cause that was important to your loved one. Doing something positive in their memory can help you find meaning and purpose during the holiday season.
Remember, grief looks different to everyone. There is no wrong way to grieve as long as you're not hurting yourself. Your grief does not stop just because, "It's the most wonderful time of the year".
Be present. Be open. Be honest. Feel your feelings.
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