Holidays are extremely difficult for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, especially during the first year after the death. At a time when everyone is supposed to be happy and enjoying themselves, the bereaved can feel sad, lonely and depressed.
There are things to do to help you cope with the holidays. It is important to plan ahead. Your family “traditions” will not be the same, it may help to start new traditions. If you usually host the dinner, change the menu or ask someone else to do it this year. Let your family know it is okay to remember and laugh about funny stories and to recall and talk about other fond memories. Let your family and friends help you get through the holiday. They will understand if you get weepy.
Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself. If you receive a holiday invitation, make an effort to go even if you don’t feel like it. It might help.