Even during the best of times, the holidays can be exhausting and stressful. It can be even more challenging if you are mourning the loss of a loved one. It’s important to prepare yourself for the holidays especially if the upcoming holidays were a special time for you and that person. Expect it to be hard. If you make a plan for how you’re going to get through that day you will find it easier to manage.
Don’t be surprised if you feel your grief more acutely during a holiday (no matter what holiday), even if holidays weren’t a big deal for you and your loved one. Witnessing everyone else getting together with family for holidays can trigger feelings of loss that you may have done a good job of ignoring so far.
This episode talks about ways to tackle the challenges and make the most of the holidays. (Educational portion starts at 9:30 minutes.)
- The Coping with Holiday Stress Worksheet: Creating My Own Plan for a Happy and Healthy Season (PDF)
- Handling a Holiday with Grief – Genesis Health.com (PDF)
We also talk about some ideas of how to memorialize our loved ones over the holidays:
- How to Dry flowers (keep flowers from the funeral)
- DIY Keepsake Ornaments – Ann’s Bridal Bargains
- 10 unique ash releasing ceremony ideas – Frazer Consultants
- Memorial Songs – Frazer Consultants
On the Radio
Also, for our radio interview this week, we debuted our newest team member, Victoria Lynn Bentley. Victoria is a licensed therapist who discusses self-care practices that we can do to help us handle a holiday while grieving. Join us for this interview with Victoria who has many insights to offer regarding coping through the holidays. Listen at PWTRN.
What better recipe to fit the holidays than a heart-bomb straight from the general that let the liberation of Europe – General and future President Eisenhower.
To get the full recipe (and some of the backstory) head on over to the Art of Manliness. By the way, this site has a lot of great history, and wonderful life lessons with retro art. It’s worth checking out! Get the Recipe Here.
Let us hear from you!
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