Coping During the Holidays

All relationships have holidays and milestones that are celebrated. After a death there is now not only an empty place but a flood of memories. Taking charge of the holiday before it takes control of you will not change the grief but will make it more manageable.

Here are a few tips to help you cope during the holidays:

  • Do what is best for you. Prepare yourself emotionally and physically with meditation/prayer, proper exercise and diet
  • Look your best. Pamper yourself with a new hairstyle, massage, clothes, bubble bath, etc.
  • Schedule daily alone time to get yourself together
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Make daily lists; concentration can be hard
  • Ask family and friends to discuss your loved one
  • Develop new traditions (like a potluck party) with friends
  • Donate to a charity in memory of your loved one
  • Follow your heart to tell you what feels right