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Coping with Holiday Grief
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The holidays are a usually a time for fun and celebration, but when you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, the festive season can be tough.
For some families, making a few changes to traditional festivities helps everyone to better cope with the absence. For example, if you and your spouse always had a big tree and lots of presents, even after the kids left home, instead try a simple wreath and a few well-chosen gifts, or make a donation to charity in your family’s name. If dinner is always at your house, ask another family member to entertain this year.
Throughout the season, make an effort to accept invitations to holiday events. You may be surprised by how an evening out can lighten your spirits even while you are missing someone special.
If you are concerned with the prospect of facing long, empty days, then why not share your time with others while doing some good? Volunteer at at your local food bank, church group or homeless shelter. You’ll feel the warmth of good company, and your help will be appreciated.
You may find some solace in acknowledging your loss at this special time by embracing the good memories, rather than focusing on the grief. Honouring the one you miss by taking part in a memorial service or lighting a tribute candle at home may provide you with a deeper sense of connection and comfort. Many Arbor Memorial locations hold special services during the holidays; click here to find your closest branch.