The holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness.
Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss—not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.
Bereavement professionals understand how difficult this season can be. They support families coping with loss and stress the importance of making decisions that feel right to the grieving person.
Be Willing to Change Traditions.
Holidays often center on certain traditions and rituals. For some, continuing these traditions without a loved one may be an important way to continue sharing their memory. For others, it may be more comforting to develop new rituals to help lessen the pain and immediacy of the loss.
Help Reduce Stress.
While the holidays can be filled with meaning, they can also be filled with pressure and stress because of additional tasks. Grieving people should be encouraged to prioritize what needs to be done and focus on those activities that bring them pleasure.
Remember those Who Have Died.
The holidays can bring opportunities to remember the person who has died in a way that is personally meaningful. North Hawaii Hospice offers emotional support and bereavement activities during the holiday season. Others may choose to share special family stories over a meal. Some may find that donating to a special charity or volunteering time to help others in need may be a comforting way to honor their loved one.
To learn more about grief and loss, contact North Hawaii Hospice at (808) 885-7547.
(NHPCO Article Collection for Members)