Coping With Holiday Grief

For many of us, the holidays are a wonderful time of year. Many people are taking time off from work, everyone is merry, family gatherings occur, and you get to eat all the desserts you want without the guilt or judgment.

And while all of these things are wonderful and this time of year should be merry, for some of us, it’s just not.

Whether it’s holiday grief or seasonal depression, this time of year can be particularly tough, especially when dealing with the loss of someone or something.

Some of us are dealing with the death of a loved one, others the loss of a friendship or the ending of a romantic relationship. As you reflect on the year ending, you may be grieving the loss of an opportunity.

Either way-grief is tough and it’s important to be equipped with the tools to cope. Because I deal with overwhelming feelings of grief, especially during the holiday season, I came up with a list of five things to do to make the holiday season a little easier.

1. Be gentle. Take it easy.
2. Cry as often and as long as needed.
3. Don’t isolate yourself, ask for help.
4. Do remember. Memories are what keep our loved ones alive.
5. Do seek professional help, there’s no shame in needing extra resources and support.

I hope you find these tips helpful. I know it can be rough, but whether this is your first or tenth year dealing with holiday grief, just know you can and will get through this.

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