Grief Support During the Holidays
Since the holidays are meant for spending time with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected to cope with them when the one we love the most dies?
Many times, holidays magnify the loss and intensify feelings of loneliness and sadness. But there is hope and a way to make it through this difficult time. There are a number of ways to remember your loved one and your loss, while at the very same time, making sure that you are taking care of yourself.
The following are just a few examples that one might consider this holiday season:
Have a “Plan B”– It’s okay to break from tradition; if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
Slow Down– Instead of the normal holiday rush; take the time to lighten your “to-do” list.
Bless Someone in Need– In honor or memory of your loved one, look for ways to do something helpful for someone else.
Surround Yourself with Supportive People– Seek those who understand and do not want to change how you feel.
Get In the Spirit with Small Things– Have your loved one still be a part of your celebration with significant acts such as lighting a memorial candle or hanging a stocking for them.
Get Help If You Can’t Do It Alone– There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help, talking to a pastor or attending a support group.
One thing to always remember is avoiding your feelings will not make things better; the way people handle grief is as individual as we are. There is no wrong or right way to navigate through the pain after a loss. The most important thing to remember is that Hospice of Wichita Falls is here for you- through your loss and your healing.
You matter to us! Please feel free to call us at (940) 691-0982/800-378-2822 and ask to speak to someone in Support Services. Anyone can call for help. Whether your loved one had received care from Hospice of Wichita Falls or not, all of our bereavement services are available to the community at large at no cost.
Wishing You Happy Holidays from the Staff at Hospice of Wichita Falls