As the festive lights sparkle and excitement grows, for many it can be a challenging and lonely time, particularly for those who are struggling with grief.
If you're missing a loved one this Christmas, I want to share with you some thoughts on navigating your way through this time of year.
Feel all the feels
It's totally okay if you're not buzzing with festive joy. Grief can stir up a whole mix of emotions, and it's important to let yourself feel whatever you're going through. It's all part of the healing journey.
A little tribute
Remembering your loved one in your own special way can be really comforting. Maybe light a candle, play their favourite Christmas tune, or share a fond memory with someone. It's these little things that keep their spirit shining bright in your heart.
Traditions: Old and New
Stick with the traditions that bring you comfort, or shake things up with something new. It's all about what gives you peace and helps you with your journey through grief.
Lean on people who get it
Don't shy away from reaching out. Chatting with friends, family, or joining a support group can be really heartening. Sometimes, just talking about your loved one can lift a bit of the weight off your heart.
Your comfort matters
It's perfectly fine to take a rain check on social gatherings. Listen to your heart and do what feels healing for you.
Self-Care is important
Grief can be draining, so remember to take care of yourself. A little rest, some nutritious food, and a breath of fresh air can go a long way.
Professional support is there
If grief feels too heavy, it's okay to seek help from a therapist or a counsellor. It's a sign of strength to reach out for support when you need it.
Remember, there's no 'one-size-fits-all' way to handle the festive holidays when you're grieving. It's a personal path, and the most important thing is to do what feels right for you. Grief is the other side of love, and it's natural to feel its depth more during this season of togetherness