How to Deal With Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One

By: Myles O'Riordan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The loss of a loved one and grief can affect different people in different ways. There's no timeline or strict pattern when it comes to grieving so you can't expect to recover from it within a year. Holidays can be especially a painful because they're a time for celebration. People gather together and celebrate family, togetherness, and the holiday spirit, which can make your loss even more painful. Here are some suggestions that can help you get through the season without too much stress or grief:

Understand your limits

You might feel comfortable enough to attend a few family gatherings or parties but always keep your limits in mind. If you feel overwhelmed and can't bear crowds, make your excuses and leave. It's important to understand your limits and respect them. Forcing yourself to live through these social events may only cause additional stress.

Explore new places

Instead of staying in your home and in the same surroundings, travel to a good winter destination. A new place will allow you to create new memories and focus on something positive. It will allow you to explore regions that have no connection with your loss so you won't be faced with the constant loss associated with a loved one’s absence.

Create a new tradition

Holiday traditions can be a painful reminder of your loss but new traditions can be a great way to remember your loved one in a more positive manner. For example, some people revisit a positive memory like watching a movie. Others donate or volunteer for a local charity in the name of the deceased individual.

If you want to know more about funeral or memorial services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Wagg Funeral Home today and we’ll be happy to help.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Common Misconceptions about Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Most modern funeral homes provide pre-planning options where an individual can plan and make arrangements for the funeral well before their demise. This is often a part of the end-of-life preparati...

A Complete Understanding of Funeral Pricing

Funerals can be expensive affairs, especially if you choose to make some personal additions to the service. Most people are unaware of what funeral pricing includes and end up paying more than they...

Tips for Explaining Death to Children

Discussing death is never easy but it can be especially harrowing to discuss it with a child. Most people don’t know how to handle it so they gloss over the subject as much as they can. That has an...

What Steps Are Involved in Preparing a Funeral Service?

When a family is organizing a funeral service for a loved one, they have some specific ideas about how the service should be. And while there may be some aspects that are different based on what th...

4 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Funerals can be quite difficult for everyone involved. The decedent’s friends and family members are in mourning during this period and may feel more grieved or hurt at any perceived slight. This i...

Canadian Military Honours

One of Canada’s interesting inheritances from the United Kingdom has been its elaborate system of honours, titles and awards based on traditions followed by the British aristocracy. This practice m...

How to Get Through the First Couple of Weeks after a Death

Funeral services, visitations, medical agreements, and other such duties can keep you distracted and your grief away for a short period. When you stop being busy, the pain comes back in full force....

The History of Wagg Funeral Home

Wagg Funeral Home has been around for a long time and is a part of Port Perry community history. This business has changed hands several times but remains true to the core values of good customer s...

Selecting a Final Resting Place after Cremation

Many people have started to choose cremation instead of a burial and they want to dispose of the remains of the deceased loved one with respect and dignity. Finding a final resting place for the de...

Understanding the Stages of Grief

Almost three decades ago a book titled “On Death and Dying” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross made mention of the concept of- “5 Stages of Grief”. Ever since many people use this as a standard guideline to ...