Grief in Times of Celebration: The Empty Spot
Feelings of grief can come up at unexpected times, and holidays can be especially difficult. There are things all around you that trigger memories. It can help to acknowledge that grief will likely be a guest during the holidays.
The holiday season will be different without your loved one. Here are some tips that I've gathered over time.
- Do only as much as are able or want to do.
- Begin new traditions.
- Plan ahead and incorporate memories of your loved one into the plans.
- Find ways to give to others in need.
- Do something completely different from anything you’ve done before.
Some people find it reassuring to participate in traditional holiday activities, while others find it too difficult. Let’s learn from each other.
What do you find particularly tough as the holiday season approaches? What helps you?