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A Guide To Coping With Loss During The Holiday Season

  1. Coping with loss during the holiday season can be particularly challenging, as festive occasions often emphasize togetherness and celebration. Many will be going through this period with one less, If you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or any form of grief during the Christmas period, here is a guide to coping with loss during the holiday season that may help you at this time:
    1. Try to Acknowledge Your Feelings:
      • Allow yourself to feel the emotions associated with the loss. It’s okay to grieve, and it’s important to recognize and accept your feelings.
    2. Try to Create New Traditions:
      • Consider starting new traditions or adapting existing ones. This can help you maintain a sense of continuity while acknowledging the changes in your life.
    3. Try to Set Realistic Expectations:
      • Understand that the holidays may be different this year, and it’s okay not to meet the same expectations you had in the past. Be gentle with yourself and set realistic expectations.
    4. Reach Out for Support:
      • Share your feelings with friends, family, or a support group. Talking about your emotions can be therapeutic and help you feel less isolated.
    5. Try to Plan Ahead:
      • Plan how you want to spend the holidays. Whether you decide to participate in festivities or prefer a quieter time, having a plan can provide a sense of control.
    6. Memorialise Your Loved One:
      • Find meaningful ways to honor and remember your loved one. This could involve lighting a candle, creating a memory box, or participating in activities that hold special significance.
    7. Try to Take Care of Yourself:
      • Pay attention to your physical and emotional well-being. Ensure you get enough rest, eat well, and engage in activities that bring you comfort and joy.
    8. Try to Be Flexible:
      • Understand that your emotions may fluctuate, and it’s okay to adapt your plans based on how you feel in the moment.
    9. Seek Professional Help:
      • If you find it challenging to cope on your own, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and coping strategies tailored to your specific situation.
    10. Try to Focus on Gratitude:
      • While it may be difficult, try to focus on the positive aspects of your life and the happy memories you shared with your loved one. Practicing gratitude can help shift your perspective.
    11. Try to Engage in Acts of Kindness:
      • Helping others can be a powerful way to cope with grief. Consider volunteering your time or performing acts of kindness for those in need.
    12. Try to Create a Supportive Environment:
      • Surround yourself with people who understand and support you. Avoid situations or gatherings that may be too overwhelming, and communicate your needs to those around you.
  2. Remember that grief is a personal journey, and there is no right or wrong way to navigate it. Give yourself the time and space you need, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if necessary.

  3. The following may be of some assistance at this time:

The Grief Centre – Ph 1300 270 479

Beyond Blue – Ph 1300 22 4636

Lifeline – 13 11 14

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Robert Nelson Managing Director
Robert Nelson is a 5th Generation funeral director. He is Managing Director of Robert Nelson Funerals and ABC Cremations, based in Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia. he is past deputy Chairman of The Australian Institute of Embalmers, Past President of The Australian Funeral Directors Association (Victorian Division) and Past National Councillor of The Australian Funeral Directors Association and Member of The British Institute of Embalmers.