Be Ready for the Holidays

BY: Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC

CATEGORY: Grief and Loss

We want to offer a variety of suggestions which will support and guide you as you navigate the jolly jingle of multi-mass media marketing during a time in which your deceased loved one is noticeably absent.

One option is to develop a personal holiday plan. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Try to predict what the most difficult parts of the holiday season will be.
  • ​Identify your support people (those with whom you feel comfortable sharing your grief).
  • Think about people and situations that are challenging.
  • Consider what words would be most helpful for you to hear.

​Reflect on how you celebrated the holidays prior to your loss? What traditions might you want to include in the upcoming holiday? I know one woman who continues to make her beloved aunt's cranberry relish at Thanksgiving although no one will eat it. Another woman decorates her Christmas tree with her deceased mother's costume jewelry. ​Another lights a Menorah for each of her deceased family members. 

These women have found ways to honor their loved ones and carry on their legacies.

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