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Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Coping with grief during the holiday season is a unique and personal journey. Make sure to put your well-being front and center and take things at your own pace.  

  1. Decide what traditions to keep and not to keep.  Recognize what traditions will be beneficial to help you heal and bring comfort while on your grief journey. There is no right or wrong way to honor traditions or feel free to begin new ones.  
  2. Be honest with others about how you feel during the holiday celebration without your loved one. Being honest with others will help clarify what you need during that time.  
  3. Participate in activities your loved one enjoyed.  Activities can be a great way to create new memories while remembering the good old times as well.  
  4. Seek gratitude during these times. Write down or tell someone what certain moments made you smile during the day or the holiday season. Those moments can be a great way to see the positives in a tough time.  

These suggestions can be a great starting point for anyone needing some clarity on how to navigate their grief during the holidays. If you want more information, visit 64 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays  or give us a call at 317-7-6001 to receive a booklet called Grief and the Holidays or for an additional layer of support.  

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