Coping With Grief Over The Holidays
The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. It is the time to spend some time with family and friends, sharing stories while enjoying delicious meals. Unfortunately, this season can be trying for people who have just lost a loved one. It can make them feel the absence keenly and heighten their grief. At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Home, we recognize just how difficult grieving during festivities can be and encourage you to consider the tips mentioned below.
1. Plan Ahead
There's nothing wrong with avoiding the holiday season entirely, especially if you find it too overwhelming. You can get away from the noise, festivities, and cheer by going on a leisure trip or a long drive. See if one of your friends or family members are willing to travel with you and plan accordingly. Taking a break away from familiar surroundings will also help with the grieving process.
2. Control What You Can
It is nearly impossible to avoid Christmas music, holiday lights, cheerful greetings, and other such festive reminders. Don't focus on the things you can't control and minimize your exposure in other ways. For example, if you're not up to exchanging gifts or participating in office parties, politely decline the invitation. Most people will understand the reluctance and will give you some space.
3. Set Boundaries
Don't hesitate to set boundaries on how much you want to participate. Some grieving individuals want to spend a part of the holiday season with their friends or family. You can attend a few dinner parties and avoid more boisterous events. Let people know in advance if you don't plan to attend.