Coping with grief may seem nearly impossible when the holidays roll around. Even more than usual, you’re reminded of your loved ones, and miss their presence. Although you’ll never forget your loved ones, it is possible to get through the holidays and make them enjoyable. Check out these tips for coping with your grief during the holiday season.
Talk About Your Loved Ones
You don’t have to hide behind the memories of your loved ones during the holiday season. In fact, talking about them can help you cope. Share on Facebook your favourite memories with your loved ones or get together with a friend and just chat away. A good friend won’t mind sitting down to listen as you cope with your grief.
Use a Journal
Probably one of the best ways to cope with grief during the holiday season is by writing in a journal. Journaling is a more private way of dealing with grief, but it is still very effective. If you’d like to have a way to talk/deal with the death of a loved one this holiday season, consider getting a journal.
Do Something in Remembrance
A great way to cope with grief during the holiday season is to do something in remembrance of those you have lost. Be it a random act of kindness in their name or making a remembrance ornament, this is a great way to remember them during the holiday season.
Spend Time Reflecting
Every memory you have with your loved one is a great chance to reflect and remember. Meditating and spending time reflecting over your loved one is a great way to cope with grief. Sure, you may be overcome with tears, but you’ll also be overcome with joy as you are reminded of all of the good memories.
It’s a sad thing to not have a loved one here with you over the holiday season. However, there are ways to cope with that grief. Always feel free to grieve; it’s your right as a human being.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!