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Holidays in Grief

5 Ways to Find Comfort

Losing a loved one feels especially difficult during holidays. Navigating the first holiday season without them is a delicate pursuit. Here are five ways to navigate the holiday season:

Create New Traditions:

Consider establishing new traditions that honor your loved one’s memory. This could be lighting a special candle, preparing their favorite dish, or engaging in an activity you both enjoyed. These rituals become a bridge between the past and the present, celebrating their presence in a unique way.

Reach Out for Support

Grief can feel isolating, especially during celebrations. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups. Share your feelings and memories; don’t hesitate to express if you’re finding the holiday particularly difficult. Connection with others can provide solace and a shared understanding.

Set Boundaries:

Understand that it’s okay to set boundaries during the holidays. If certain events or gatherings feel too overwhelming, give yourself permission to decline invitations. Prioritize your emotional well-being and engage only in activities that bring you a sense of comfort.

Create a Memory Space

Designate a specific space or create a memorial where you can honor and remember your loved one. This might include photos, mementos, or a written tribute. When feelings of grief surface, having a dedicated space allows you to connect with their memory in a tangible way.

Practice Self-Compassion

Be gentle with yourself. Grieving during the holidays is a complex emotional experience. Allow yourself to feel a range of emotions without judgment. If you find moments of joy, embrace them; if sadness prevails, acknowledge it. Self-compassion becomes a guiding light as you navigate this tender terrain.

Remember, grief has its own timeline, and the holidays may intensify the ache of loss. By incorporating these strategies, you can create a space that allows for both mourning and healing, finding a way to honor your loved one’s memory while gradually adapting to a changed landscape. We want to leave you with a book recommendation from one of our dear friends, Jody Noland who shares her experiences of going from Wife to Widow. We hope this book adds value to your life and it will make a good gift to anyone in your life that has lost a loved one.

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