Grief and the Holidays: Advice to Make It Through
Hopefully, you’re having a happy Thanksgiving today. The holidays can be such a wonderful time of year. But sometimes, they can also be the saddest.
If you’re grieving this season, here’s some advice from a hospice-care worker: Listen to yourself.
From the South Carolina news site SCNOW.com:
“Don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself not wanting to participate in Christmas, and don’t feel guilty about participating in Christmas,” [Tracy Wright, community relations liaison at Hospice Care of South Carolina] said.
Wright recalled that the first Christmas after she lost her grandmother, with whom she’d had a close, almost sisterly relationship, she didn’t want to decorate or put up a tree. She said everyone was bothering her to put up a Christmas tree, so she finally did — and then spray-painted it black because that is how she was feeling.
You can read all the advice here: “Hospice Offers Tips for Getting Through the Holidays While Grieving.” May you find peace this season, wherever life has taken you.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.