The first holiday after a loved one has passed away can be a difficult one, especially if you were accustomed to spending this holiday together. What can you do to help you survive the holiday season without your loved one? It’s always hard to lose someone you love. No matter who they were to you or what caused the death and the loss in your life, it can be even more difficult to deal with when the holiday season comes around.
This is partly because the holidays are a time for family and close friends to spend time together. It can be painful and depressing to spend the holidays without the person you have recently lost. While nothing can completely take away your pain, there are some things you can do to make it easier. Here are some tips for surviving the holidays when you have lost a loved one.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the holiday:
• Understand that you may feel sensitive this holiday
• Allow yourself to have feelings about the person you have lost
• Prepare for the fact that you may be sensitive
• Don’t over-commit which can cause too much stress during this holiday season
Here are some tips to help you get through the holiday:
• Don’t be afraid to practice traditions that you did when your deceased loved one was here
• Take time to talk about your lost loved one with other family members
• Do someone in their honor to help remember them on this special day
• Try to think positively and think about what he or she would want you to do for the holidays
• Don’t spend this holiday alone which can be especially depressing without your loved one
Here are some tips to include your lost loved one in the holiday season:
• Give a gift to your loved one even though he or she is no longer here
• Perform a tradition that you once did together
• Take time to allow family members and friends to talk about the things they loved the most about your lost loved one
• Share something special about your loved one this holiday season
No one can ever take away the pain you are feeling this holiday season without your loved one. However, there are things that you can do to help ease the grief and make the most of your memories that you hold dear.