‘Tis the season to be merry but for grievers the holidays are fraught with emotions and decision making may be complicated. There are memories of holidays past and concerns about how to spend the holidays this year. Here are some suggestions for grievers, keeping in mind that different choices can be made again next year:
For example: if the thought of preparing your typical holiday meal is too overwhelming, take the year off and order in or go to a favorite restaurant instead
For example: design or purchase a new holiday decoration that you will hang in memory of your loved one
Chances are everyone at the table will be aware that the person who died is not there…so why not share sentiments together
Families with children are reminded that the children are grieving too. Far too often children are excluded when decisions are made about which holiday rituals and traditions to continue and when to create new ones. Offer opportunities which will help them maintain their precious memories and engage in joyful, child centered activities that allow them to enjoy still their childhood.
If you are supporting someone who is grieving, here are some suggestions:
May this holiday season bring you comfort, strength, peace, and hope.
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