The holidays can be an emotional time, regardless of any other circumstances. When you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, it can add to the pressure. You may feel extra sad, even angry, and lonely. To counter these emotions and process your grief, it can help to find ways to take your memories and include your loved one in your holiday celebration. Here are some ideas.
Remember Your Loved One’s Favorite Holiday Activities
Cook your loved one’s favorite dish. Take it to someone else if you aren’t ready to eat it as a family. Create a memorial tree with photos and items from your loved one. Watch your loved one’s favorite holiday show or movie. Make it an event with others. If you have children, ask them what they want to do to remember your loved one.
Surround Yourself with People Who Support You
The holidays can be lonely when you’re dealing with a loss of a family member. Don’t think that you’ll bring other people down because you’re sad. You don’t have to attend every party, but you shouldn’t sit home alone, either. Go to a remembrance service. Seek therapy if you’re feeling depressed or anxious. Be with friends who understand that you’re dealing with a lot and will let you be yourself.
Start New Traditions
When you’re grieving, you may not have the energy to make the full festive meal, put up all the decorations and do everything with your place of worship. It’s okay to start new traditions that help you manage your grief. Choose one or two things that matter the most to you if you want to keep the old. Take care of yourself without having to keep up with the hustle and bustle of the season.
The holidays will be different without your loved one. You will get through the season and find a new path. If you need more resources to help through the grieving process, talk to the professionals at Direct Cremation for aftercare services.
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