Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.
Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.
One minute, you are fine and enjoying time with family. The next, a yuletide song on the radio leaves you heartbroken.
Grief during the holidays is especially profound the first year of your loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”
So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have an enjoyable Thanksgiving, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or wonderful New Year following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?
Here is some advice that might help: