The holiday season can be one of the hardest times to face when you lost someone that meant everything to you. Christmas often a very emotional and tough time for you if you have recently lost someone.
A grieving heart doesn’t take a break, it grieves because it loves.
Here are some thoughts and ideas on how to cope with grief during this Christmas season:
- Be kind to yourself. You are allowed to grieve and feel all the emotions. It is also okay to feel grateful and joyful.
- Create a new family tradition to remember your loved one
- Write a letter to the one you lost and place it in a special keepsake box
- Talk about the love you lost, you will have tears, but it can also bring comfort
- Everyone grieves differently. No story is ever the same. Don’t listen to the ‘you should’.
- If you feel like it, decorate your home with a memorial ornament that features their name or a special keepsake
- If you don’t want to be alone, maybe volunteer some of your time to a charity close to your heart
- Start a Memorial Diary filled with your favourite moments
- Cook your favourite comfort food, snuggle up on the couch and let the world go by
- Plant a memorial tree this Christmas in honour of your loved one
- Make a photo collage filled with your favourite memories
- Reach out to a counsellor to talk about how you feel, organisations like ‘Beyond Blue’ offer free phone hotlines
You are welcome to comment below if you have some advice for another grieving person and I will add it to the list above.