Journeying through Grief during the Holidays

12-02-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

The holidays are a time of family celebrations steeped in tradition. However, for those who are grieving, holidays can be very stressful. The issue is how to get through the holidays with the least amount of stress. With the use of a few tips, this can be possible. The Palliative Care Organization of Australia has developed a list of eleven tips to help those who are grieving.

The first six include:

  1. Acknowledge (and accept) that the holidays can be difficult and different.
  2. Remember the loved one who has died. This can be done by setting a place for the loved one at the holiday dinner table, going through photo albums and sharing favorite memories.
  3. Communicate what you want and don't want for the holidays. Trust and share your feelings.
  4. Decide which traditions you wish to keep and those you wish to change. Create a new tradition that honors your loved one.
  5. Make a list of what you need to do and events you plan to attend. This will help reduce stress and keep your organized during the holidays.
  6. Seek professional help if you feel extremely stressed out and unable to cope. Accept others' offers to help you at this time. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

The final five tips will be shared in two weeks.