Tips for Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

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Dealing with grief is always challenging, but during the holidays, loss can feel especially intense. Even if the funeral services ended long ago, the holiday season can stir up sadness and guilt that may have previously seemed manageable. Having a plan to cope with feelings of grief during the holidays is the first step for dealing with the emotions. Keep these tips in mind as you face a holiday season without your loved one.

Balance Your Obligations
For some people, spending time with family is the only way to get through the holidays, while other people find that they wish to be alone to concentrate on honoring a lost loved one. You may find that your desire for company fluctuates throughout the season, so give yourself the mix of companionship and alone time that feels right. If taking part in social events makes you feel happy, then do it, and if you find that you need to skip a gathering or get some time to yourself, allow yourself that break. Don’t over-commit, and give yourself plenty of schedule flexibility.

Release Your Guilt
After funeral services are over, many people find themselves alone in facing their grief. As time passes and you learn to cope with your grief in new ways, you may begin to feel better—which leads some people to experience guilt. Remember that your lost loved one would want you to be happy and enjoy life. If you feel excitement and happiness during the holidays, you aren’t dishonoring your lost loved one—instead, you’re honoring him or her by living the life he or she would want you to live.

Ask for Help
One of the most essential parts of coping with grief at any time of year—but especially during the holidays—is asking for help when you need it. Grief support services are available. Ask your funeral home for a referral.

At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, from our cemeteries to our crematorium, our funeral home is focused on supporting your family in your time of need. Learn more about funeral planning and grief support in San Mateo by calling (650) 349-4411.

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