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Coping With Grief Over The Holidays

Published: December 16, 2021
by Mary McGee

Grief is tough to live with daily, but it can be much more challenging over the holidays. It might be difficult to deal with the holiday season if you've just lost a loved one. At Mill Valley Funeral Home, we know how arduous the mourning process can be for our clients. Here are a few pointers for dealing with the situation:

1. Set Firm Boundaries

Relatives may try to divert your attention from your grief by inviting you to dinners or gatherings. Take part in the festivities if you feel like it, but don't feel obligated to. Let others know if you cannot participate in holiday festivities by establishing clear limits. If you have to skip a few family dinners, your family members will sympathize and won't be offended.

2. Create New Rituals

When a loved one is gone, rituals can help individuals recover and adapt to a new way of living. During the Christmas season, you may, for example, light a candle in their honor or plant a sapling.

3. Get Away from It All!

It might be tough to live in a place where you lived with a deceased person during the holidays. Taking a vacation and staying away from familiar surroundings might help alleviate feelings of isolation and loss. Instead of sitting put, take a trip, visit friends, or go trekking. Request the assistance of a trusted friend or relative if you need it.

For details about funeral pricing and our services, please call Mill Valley Funeral Home and discuss your requirements with our team.

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