Holiday Hints for Surviving Grief

The holidays can be hard for people whose loved ones have died. Take care of yourself this season with these tips:

  • Set priorities by doing only the things you want to and are capable of doing. Give yourself permission to say “no.”
  • Make a plan for your holiday celebrations—take control of them instead of letting them take control of you.
  • Learn to ask for and accept help from family and friends.
  • Be careful not to isolate yourself.  It is OK to take time for yourself, but try not to cut yourself off from the support of family and friends.
  • Understand that the holidays may affect other family members differently. As you make plans, share your feelings and respect others’ choices and needs.
  • Expect some emotional pain. When the feelings come, embrace them.
  • Accept a few invitations to be with close family or friends.  Choose the ones that sound most appealing and decline those that feel like obligations.
  • Give yourself permission to experience joy.

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