Coping with Grief During the Holidays

This year has forced the entire world to find new ways to heal without warm hugs and extended family meals. Although your traditions and support systems may look a little different this year, do your best to find ways to feel like you’re doing something “normal” in order to gain a sense of comfort in these abnormal times. 

Acknowledge your grief 

Below we’ve listed a few things you can do that may help you acknowledge your grief and honor your loved one during the holiday season:

  • Say a prayer or blessing in memory of your loved one.
  • Light a special candle for your loved one to remind you that they are still there in spirit.
  • Read a few of your loved one’s favorite scriptures or poems.
  • Find a quiet and comfortable place and let yourself grieve freely, no matter the emotion.
  • Join a video call with your friends or family members and ask them to share a beloved memory about your loved one.

Ways to cope 

Keep a journal: Writing down how you’re feeling and what you’re experiencing can help you validate your feelings and sort through some of your emotions.

Join an online grief group: Be on the lookout for online grief groups that specifically discuss grief during the holidays.

Find ways to continue traditions virtually: Send homemade treats or set up a time to video chat to sing or play holiday music with your loved ones.

Call a friend: Calling people you haven’t talked to recently can go a long way in helping you reconnect when you’re feeling alone.

Do something kind for others: Performing a few acts of kindness can be really good for grieving. Try donating gifts to veterans and their families or sending a heartfelt card to a family member or someone in need.

Happy Holidays from our families to yours!

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