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Dec 5 2013
Grief and the Holidays

The holiday season can be especially challenging for those who are grieving. The absence of a loved one can be difficult to deal with during this time. Reflecting on holiday memories can bring both happiness and pain.

There’s no perfect plan for those grieving during the holidays, as grief is so unique for each of us, but here are a few ways that might make the season feel less painful:

  • Try not to isolate yourself; having a close friend visit with you may help.
  • Create a memory stocking full of handwritten memories of your loved one. Write some yourself and have other family members write some, too. Read the memories during the holidays and share them with others. Decorating a special tree just for your loved one with trinkets, photos and other memories is another idea.
  • Buy a present for your loved one to keep or to donate.
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or soup kitchen, or help a family in need.

The key to getting through the holidays is to do what makes you feel comfortable. Plan to spend holiday time with people you can share your feelings with and who support you. Be honest about your grief; letting others know what you need is important.

Carroll Hospice hosts a number of bereavement support groups throughout the county to help those who are grieving.

Jess Roschen, M.S., is a bereavement counselor at Carroll Hospice.

Don’t miss Carroll Hospice’s Season to Remember holiday celebration taking place through December 10. Proceeds raised from the weeklong event benefit Carroll Hospice.


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