Coping With Grief Over The Holidays
The festive season is the time for togetherness, joy, and celebration. People often get together with their friends and family, share stories, and enjoy meals. However, this season can be difficult for those who recently lost a loved one. The absence of their partner and intensify pain and grief.
A Few Ways to Cope With Grief
At George Darte Funeral Home, we understand how challenging it can get, especially during the holiday season. This is why we urge you to try the tips mentioned below to help cope with your grief.
1. Advance Planning
If you find the situation a little overwhelming, you can always consider avoiding the holidays entirely. A long trip or leisure drive away from all the noise can work wonders for you. You can also ask a friend or a relative to accompany you if you don't feel like going by yourself. Keeping away from all familiar areas can help in the grieving process.
2. Manage What You Can
While it might be challenging to avoid the bright Christmas lights, the greetings, and the holiday music, try not to focus on the things outside your control and consider minimizing exposure. For instance, if you don't feel like exchanging gifts or going to office parties this time around, you can always decline the offer politely. Most of your friends and colleagues will understand your hesitation and give you space.
3. Set Some Boundaries
It's essential to establish boundaries on how much you want to participate in festivities. At times, those grieving wish to spend some time with their family and friends. You can consider going to a few dinner parties and avoid the noisy ones. If you decide to skip out on them entirely, let people know ahead of time.