Grief and the Holidays

There is no way around it: grief is tough. And the holidays can complicate those feelings. Take a look at some of these ideas that might help you or someone you know who is grieving during the holidays.
  1. Talk to your family and friends. Let them know the holidays are going to be challenging, and you may need to make some changes in the way you celebrate this year. Try to spend time with the people who make you feel comfortable and supported, and don’t be afraid to tell them how you feel.
  2. Let go of obligations. Don’t take on too much. Allow yourself to say “no” when you need to so that you don’t wear yourself out. Remember, you can’t please everyone all the time, but that’s OK.
  3. Change your plans. It might be easier to face the holidays if you approach them in a new way this year. Try a change of scenery, eat out, or switch your traditional brunch to an evening meal. Switching up your routine could make the day easier.
  4. Keep it simple. Remember you don’t have to do it all. Consider visiting the bakery instead of doing your own baking. Cut back on decorations or gifts. Skip the Christmas cards this year. Accept help from those who care about you.
  5. Take care of yourself. Emotionally, physically, and psychologically, the holidays can take a lot out of you. Make sure you take time to rest.
  6. Start a new tradition. You can keep the memory of your loved one alive by doing something in their honor. Light a candle in their memory, say a prayer, put out their favorite ornament, or share a treasured story. Whether it’s something you do as a family, or something that triggers a personal reflection, take time to remember your loved one. 
For more about the grief support services Angela Hospice provides, or to schedule an appointment with a grief counselor, call (734) 464-7810 and ask to speak with our bereavement department. You can also visit us at

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