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!