Grief During Holidays – Missing Ones We Love

Grief During Holidays

Grief During Holidays

Whether you have recently lost someone you love or if it has been many years, the holidays can be extremely hard.

Many of us would much rather stay home than have to go out in the hustle and bustle. Often, the newly bereaved have difficulty with crowds and a lot of noise and stimulation. If you are feeling like this, you may be better off staying home with a good book or doing something you enjoy. You don’t have to go to a dinner just because someone else wants you to. It is sometimes better for our fragile spirits to be peaceful and reflective, than hurried and social.

I am not suggesting that you stay home and cry all day. Just take the time to think about your loved one and do something in their memory. You could write them a letter, look through photo albums, or make their favorite holiday dish. You can take a drive and listen to their favorite album. You may want to visit a place that your loved one enjoyed.

Consider surrounding yourself with a small group of close family or friends instead of trying to please everyone else by attending three dinners in one day. The support of others will help you get through these rough weeks ahead.

Below are several online forums you may find helpful:

Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this season. When everyone else is happy and shopping and you find yourself hardly able to smile, pick up the phone and call a friend, go for a walk or get a massage. Pamper yourself and don’t feel guilty. You deserve it and your loved one would want you to.

For further reading about grief during the holidays, read: The Empty Seat At The Table

I wish each of you a blessed season of cherished memories and new beginnings.

Tips and strategies to help you heal from the shock and desperation from losing someone you love. Also included are true stories from others who have walked the journey of grief, and how they have overcome the raw emotions that accompany the death of a loved one
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In tribute to her son's passing, Lora C Mercado has been on a quest to help bring peace to those who are in a state of grief with her healing and inspirational books. She is also the founder of the website,, which provides articles and resources to help one cope with grief and loss. "Our Angels Await, Stories of Love from Beyond", includes true stories from people across the globe who have had connections with loved ones who have passed away. "Adjusting to Life After Loss, Coping with the Death of a Loved One and Honoring Their Memory", was released in October 2014. The second book in the series, "Adjusting to Life After the Loss of a Child, Coping, Healing and Understanding the Emotions of Grief" was released in January 2015. You may also enjoy her two latest books: "Healing Grief through Meditation: A Guide to Spiritual Wellness for the Bereaved" and "365 Quotes of Comfort for the Bereaved: A Year of Daily Inspiration to Heal Your Heart" Lora Mercado is also a Usui Reiki Master Practitioner and ordained minister.

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