While the holiday season passes too quickly for many of us, for those grieving it may seem like an eternity. Cultural expectations typically dictate that the holidays are happy and celebratory. The thought of spending these special days without a loved one may be overwhelming and unthinkable for some individuals.
Struggling to adjust to the reality of a death or separation from a loved one may feel like the future is uncertain and unknown. A grieving person may choose different ways to cope from one event to the next. They may completely avoid some celebrations, opt to travel during others or shutdown traditional celebrations altogether.
Here are some ways to prepare for the holidays:
Questions to ask the group can include:
For more resources and support to cope with what can be a challenging time of year, visit us at workhealthlife.com, or connect with one of our counsellors.
With original content from Judy Leith, MA. CCC, Part-time counsellor in Calgary and Liz Hides, MSW, RSW, Affiliate counsellor in Calgary