Managing Grief During the Holiday Season

Holidays are often a time for celebration and time spent with loved ones; however, for those struggling with grief, this time of year can be difficult. This is especially true if it is the first holiday season since a loss.

Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or something.  Each person’s grieving process is unique and there is no “one size fits all” solution. That said, there are a variety of tips on how to cope with grief during the holidays and ways to support your loved ones who may be experiencing grief.

If you are experiencing grief this holiday season, these coping strategies and tips may help:

  • Set healthy boundaries. It is okay to not attend every celebration and, if needed, feel free to ask for what you need. If you do decide to attend holiday celebrations, plan ahead for how much time you plan on spending at the event, your exit strategy, etc.
  • Be patient with yourself. The grieving process is different for everyone with many ups and downs. Recognize that everyone deals with grief differently and has different needs.
  • Allow yourself to feel all emotions without judgment. This is a big change you are going through, so your feelings should be felt during this time. This is also the time, if you are up for it, to honor your loved one’s memory and any holiday traditions you may have shared with them. 
  • Use coping methods. Find coping methods that work for you such as deep breathing, going outside, etc. Having a stong support system in of friends and family will also help.

Dealing with grief is incredibly difficult, so do not be afraid to reach out to your loved ones or a mental health professional. Our team is also available for whatever assistance you or your loved one might need.