The holidays can be overwhelming, and for someone who is grieving, the stress is exponentially greater. If you are dealing with loss, you know how complicated your own emotions can be. Add family expectations, holiday music on every radio station, twinkling lights on houses, and obligation gift-giving and you may want to hide under the covers until after the New Year. Understandably so. But, since you likely don’t have that option, there are some tips for getting through the holidays.
My strongest suggestion is that you do what you want, not what others expect from you. Say no. Acknowledge what you can and cannot do and be okay with that.
Bereavement center director Diane Snyder Cowan offers these suggestions: