Coping With Grief Over The Holidays

By: David Tindall
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Most people aren't in the mood to celebrate holidays when they are grieving. Interactions with friends or family, the holiday cheer, and lively parties can easily cause more pain. At Tindall Funeral Home, we have seen people struggle to deal with holiday socialization and parties. Here are some tips that can help:

1. Ask For Help Or Space

Friends and family are always eager to help grieving loved ones heal. They will give you all the space or assistance you need, making it easier to decide how to spend the holidays. If you want to avoid all festivities but still want some sort of social interaction, ask your friends to keep you company. Go on short trips with them or take a long drive with another family member. Having a good support system can reduce the burden of grief and ensure you don't feel alone.

2. Introduce New Rituals

Every family has a different way to celebrate special occasions. Some like to get together for Christmas dinners while others spend hours on tree shopping. These rituals can be a painful reminder of a personal loss, which is why it is a good idea to consider changing them or adding a few new ones. For example, you can bake the deceased individual's favorite cake as a way to honor their memory. Some people light candles or play their loved one's favorite holiday songs to keep their memory alive.

3. Learn To Say No

Don't hesitate to refuse invitations to parties or dinners if you don't feel like attending. Many people attend out of a sense of obligation and force themselves to endure when they aren't in the right mental state. That can do a lot of harm in the long run by slowing down your recovery.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our services and need advice.

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