Managing grief and loss during the holidays can be extremely challenging. Here are 4 things that you might find helpful:
1. Acknowledge your grief
It’s important to allow yourself to feel the pain of your loss. Numbness doesn’t equal healing or strength. Allow yourself to grieve in whatever way feels right for you, whether that means crying, talking about your loved one, or writing in a journal.
2. Spend time with supportive people.
Surround yourself with people who will support you and allow you to grieve. These could be close friends, family, or other people who have experienced a similar loss. Avoid those who downplay your feelings or tell you to “just get over it.”
3. Talk about your loved one.
Share memories of your loved one with family and friends. This can help you feel connected to them during the holiday season.
4. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally.
Grief can take a toll on your physical and emotional health, so it’s important to take care of yourself during this difficult time. Eating, sleeping, and exercising well can be a challenge. Just do the best you can today.