How to Deal with the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays

By: Franklin Rainear Jr.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our loved ones are a big part of our lives and influence every aspect of it. We form deep and personal connections with each other and experience a considerable amount of pain if that connection gets lost. This pain is especially evident during the holiday season because this is the time for celebration with friends and family. It’s hard to feel the absence of a deceased loved one during family gatherings and parties, and that can make grieving difficult. Here are some ways in which you can deal with this grief during the holiday season:

1. Don’t rush through your grief

There’s no standard timeline or pace when it comes to grief. Some people adjust to the loss in a couple of months while others take several years to truly come to terms with it. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve as long as long as there’s no harm caused to you or others. Take your time and if you don’t feel like celebrating the holidays, don’t. Just step away for a while and most of your family and friends will give you some space.

2. Make new positive memories

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with holiday celebrations is the memories of spending time with the deceased loved one. The memories of experiencing the same traditions and social events with your loved one can cause a lot of pain. A great way to move past that is to create new memories. You can take a trip away from your home and explore other places during the holidays. If that’s not possible, go out with friends who are not connected to the loss. That will help you create great memories as well.

3. Create new holiday traditions

Replace traditions that you carried out with your loved ones with new traditions. For example, you can tick things off their bucket list, donate to charity in their name, watch movies or plays that you enjoyed with your deceased loved one, etc. New traditions can help you heal and remember, which can take the sting of their absence away for a while.

If you want some additional help and assistance with dealing the grief of losing a loved one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Franklin H. Rainear, Jr., Affordable Funeral Service & Cremation, LLC through our website or call ​(888) 213-4090.

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