Managing Grief During The Festive Season
The festive season is the high point of the year for food, fun and celebration. It is a time to be stress free and enjoy the good things of life and share them with others. But when you lose someone dear to you, your grief overshadows the celebration and sharing. There is no magic formula to handle grief but there are some ways to manage grief during this time. Some things you can try:
Physical Activities Help
A physical activity can be therapeutic. A lot of activities like skiing, hiking, swimming, or playing an organized sport can help you rid your body of stress. Not many people realize this, but exercise is a great way to free the mind of depressive thoughts.
Attend A Prayer Meeting
Prayers are powerful and can help you find peace. Attend remembrance prayers at churches and other places. This is a quiet way to communicate with the deceased. There could be others like you that are passing through a similar phase. You will realise that death and grief are universal. This will help you to join the festivities with a calmer and accepting mind.
Pour Out Memories
Grief knows no bounds during the holidays as memories of the loved surface all the time. If you can unlock these memories by expressing them, that can work wonders. They tell stories of precious moments spent together. Freely communicate these memories with a trusted friend and it can give you some relief from the pain and grief.
It is important to know that grieving after the loss of a loved one is completely normal and it is equally natural to come out of it. You just need to make a concerted effort in order for that to happen. If you have any tips for coping with grief during the holiday season we'd love to hear them.Tell us in the comments below.
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