Tips for Dealing With Grief Over the Holidays

The holidays can be a tough time for many people. If you’re someone that has lost a loved one this can add another level of sadness and stress.

Here are some suggestions that may help you navigate the holidays during a time of grief.

  • Give yourself grace, kindness & compassion. Remind yourself that you are doing the best that you can.
  • Let go of the need to make things perfect.
  • It’s okay to skip get-togethers. You don’t have to do it all. Pace yourself.
  • Be as involved as you can or want to be. It is okay to visit for 30 minutes and then leave. If you are enjoying yourself you can choose to stay longer.
  • What’s meaningful for you? For example, lighting a candle for your loved one may give you comfort during a holiday meal. Is there a ritual or tradition that you may want to begin?
  • Be flexible. Grief is messy and it’s okay if things don’t go as planned.
  • Tell people what you need (they might genuinely not know). For example, ask to go for a for a walk together.
  • Recognize that some things are out of your control.
  • There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Grief is as unique as you are.
  • Reach out for a therapy session if you need.

Focus Mental Wellness offers phone, video or text therapy to help support you through the holidays. Book a session with one of our qualified therapists today.