3 C’s to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

Publish Date:: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11:00am

After the loss of a loved one, the once joyous holidays can be a source of pain and sadness. Traditions and festivities that used to be fun can remind you that someone is no longer here to celebrate. Even with friends and family around, it’s common to feel lonely.

To help make the holidays easier, the Hospice Foundation of America recommends “3 C’s to Cope with Holiday Grief.”

Choose - Remember that you have options for how you celebrate the holidays. Don’t feel pressured to take part in activities that cause you sadness. You have control over how and with whom you spend your time.

You may also decide to use this time to commemorate your loved one. Some ways to do this are by having moment of silence for them, sending a tribute in honor of them, or creating a new holiday ritual.

Communicate - Let your friends and family know how you are feeling, especially if they are affected by your choices or are also grieving. More often than not, people will be flexible if they understand your needs.

Compromise - Be willing to compromise. You may not be the only person grieving and everyone has their own way of coping. By compromising, you can find a way to get through the holidays that suits everyone’s needs.

Getting through the holidays after losing someone can be hard, but you can do it if you choose, communicate, and compromise.

Hospice Giving Foundation offered a free workshop to the community called Coping with Grief at the Holidays on Saturday, November 5 at Shoreline Community Church. More information is available here.

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