Navigating grief during the holiday season

Navigating the holiday season while grieving can be incredibly challenging, and we want to offer additional strategies to help you find moments of peace and solace:

  1. Create a Memory Jar: Encourage family and friends to write down cherished memories or messages to your loved one. Read them together as a way to celebrate their life.
  2. Volunteer or Give Back: Channel your emotions into helping others by volunteering. Acts of kindness can bring a sense of purpose and connection. Choose an organization that was important to your loved one.
  3. Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness practices into your routine to center yourself and manage stress. Guided meditations or deep-breathing exercises can be particularly soothing.
  4. Express Your Feelings: Journaling or expressing your emotions through art can be therapeutic. Allow yourself the space to acknowledge and express your feelings.
  5. Plan Low-Key Celebrations: Consider scaling back on traditional holiday festivities if they feel overwhelming. Focus on simple, meaningful moments with loved ones.
  6. Seek Professional Guidance: Connect with a grief counselor or therapist who specializes in supporting individuals during the holiday season. Professional guidance can provide valuable coping strategies.

Remember, everyone’s grief journey is unique, and it’s essential to prioritize self-care.

Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 1-800-468-4357 (1-800-GOT-HELP) or by dialing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 988.

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