The first holiday season after experiencing the loss of a loved one is difficult in the best circumstances. Traditions that once filled you with happiness can suddenly feel foreign and sad. It is true that the holidays are never going to be the same. Here are some tips from Grief.com about how to handle celebrations after a loved one dies.
- Do be gentle with yourself and protect yourself.
- Don’t do more than you want, and don’t do anything that does not serve your soul and your loss.
- Do allow time for the feelings.
- Don’t keep feelings bottled up. If you have 500 tears to cry don’t stop at 250.
- Do allow others to help. We all need help at certain times in our lives.
- Don’t ask if you can help or should help a friend in grief. Just help. Find ways; invite them to group events or just out for coffee.
- Do, in grief, pay extra attention to the children. Children are too often the forgotten grievers.
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