Coping with Grief at Christmas: You are not alone

This topic feels appropriate because of the time of year. Holidays, and a new year approaching. That can mean many different things for people. Feelings and emotions could be mixed with happiness and sorrow…..

Please see Coping with Grief at Christmas: You are not alone which covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Coping with Grief at Christmas
  3. Useful Resources
  4. Our final thoughts
  5. Our YouTube Video

© Copyright 2019 Grief Probate Journey Blog *PLEASE NOTE THIS INFORMATION IS SOURCED FROM UK and AMERICAN WEBSITES* It is also based on our own experience. *We are not experts in this field, we are speaking purely on our own experience with information sought from the internet to give further examples. *

1. Introduction

This topic feels appropriate because of the time of year. Holidays, and a new year approaching. This can mean many different things to people for various reasons. We are living through very uncertain times right now, especially with the cost-of-living crisis. With all of these things combined, it could leave you feeling alone.

Grief can feel very lonely, isolating, and overwhelming. With certain occasions or random moments that cascade back to thoughts of your lost loved one.

Feelings and emotions could be mixed with happiness and sorrow.

A tug of war of emotions between being present in the holiday season, but longing, wishing, missing, and feeling sad that your loved one isn’t celebrating with you.

We wanted to do this topic to let people know they are not alone, there are resources and safe spaces to share and speak about your feelings if this is something that you would want to do.

Please see Coping with Grief at Christmas: You are not alone:

2. Coping with Grief at Christmas

2.1 Coping with Grief at Christmas – Cruse Bereavement Support

“Grieving over Christmas can be incredibly painful. … there’s nothing wrong with celebrating in the New Year or finding a new date that works for you”.

2.2 Coping with grief at Christmas | Sue Ryder

“Whether it’s your first Christmas without a loved one, or you’ve been missing them … Counselling Service, so that you can find new ways to cope this year”.

2.3 Grieving at Christmas – Hope Again

“Grieving at Christmas Time. Grieving the loss of a special loved one is hard all year round. However, there is no doubt that the pang of grief can feel much”…

2.4 Christmas after the loss of a loved one – Marie Curie

(21 Dec 2018) — “Do things differently this year · Allow yourself to grieve · It’s OK if you don’t want to go out · Gardens can be a healing space · Tell others how”…

2.5 Christmas without a loved one – practical tips – Marie Curie

“A bereavement support specialist and some of the families we’ve helped … first New Year without their loved one far harder than Christmas”.

2.6 Coping with grief at Christmas – Winston’s Wish

“Ways to cope with grief at Christmas. Try and be sensitive to everyone’s needs as everyone in the family will have different ways of grieving. Give children (and yourself) permission to look forward to and enjoy Christmas, to smile and have fun. Also give yourself permission to not be ok”. (5 Dec 2022).

2.7 Coping with grief at Christmas – Ashes with Art

(12 Sept 2022) — “It’s OK to feel sad, angry or even numb during the holiday season. Grief can be very overwhelming, and you may not feel like getting into the”…

2.8 Five ways to cope with grief at Christmas – Farleigh House

“It can help to do something special to remember your lost loved ones at this time of year. Incorporating the person that has died into your Christmas traditions”…

2.9 How to deal with grief during the Christmas period

(24 Nov 2022) — “Talk to loved ones · Practice self-compassion · Don’t celebrate if you don’t feel like it · Consider making new traditions”.

2.10 Coping with Christmas – The Compassionate Friends

“During this early grief, we may find the anticipation and stress of what we ‘should’ … The New Year celebrations looming in the background may be equally”…

2.11 Remembering Loved Ones on Christmas + Dealing With Grief

“Christmas can be difficult. Learn ways to grieve and remember loved ones on Christmas. … New Year’s just ain’t New Year’s without the one you love”.

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3. Useful Resources

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4. Our final thoughts

Understanding and being kind to one another can make so much of a difference to a person’s day, life, or decision they might be about to make.

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5. Our YouTube video

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