Grieving the loss of a loved one can be difficult all year round. For some of us, Christmas is especially difficult. During the festive period the hole that losing them has left in our lives, can feel all the more prominent.
We can be reminded of the memories of past Christmas’s: Whilst we may have happy memories, we can feel sad and angry that we’re no longer able to share Christmas with them in the same way. Maybe past Christmas’s were tricky and you’re missing the opportunity to create new, more positive memories.
Grieving at Christmas can also feel isolating and lonely. Not only because you’re missing someone but because you can feel disconnected from those around you when you’re trying to hide your feelings and join in with the festivities.
There is no right way to grieve at Christmas but there are a few things that clients I have worked with have found helpful. I’d like to share them with you in the hope they might be helpful for you too.
I hope that if you’re struggling to cope with your grief this Christmas that you are able to show yourself compassion and kindness.
Maybe if you know someone who may find Christmas difficult you could share this post with them. They will appreciate just knowing that you’re thinking about them and understand that they may find Christmas difficult.