The stories of families spending time together during the holidays are heartwarming for many people. For those who lose a loved one during this season, these stories can also bring up feelings of sadness and depression because of the grieving process.
There are many ways that you might find to cope with these feelings during the holidays. Finding ways that work for you may help you to enjoy the season despite your loss.
- Don't expect the grieving process to be quick. You might experience these emotions even if this isn't the first holiday season since your loss.
- Do something new. You may discover that starting a new tradition for the holidays can help stave off depression. One idea is to take the time to remember the good memories of your lost loved one. Changing holiday traditions can lead to finding better ways to spend this time of year.
- Let people know what you need. This might change from one year to the next, so don't be afraid to speak up. Even if you agreed to do something, it is fine to change your mind if you feel overwhelmed.
- Find something to do in your loved one's memory. This might be making a donation or volunteering in that person's honor. This may help you to feel connected to the person in a way that helps to take the edge off the grief you feel.
If your loved one's death was due to a tragic accident that was someone else's fault, you might decide to seek compensation for the incident. Think carefully about this and remember that you only have a limited amount of time to decide.