Tips for Handling the Holidays after a Loved One has Died
Don’t be surprised at the power of unexpected pangs of grief, also knows as SUGS (Sudden upsurges of Grief). Recognize that it is not unusual to re-experience waves of intense sadness. Find places to have quiet times until these pass. Keep yourself safe while reducing your expectations. This is not a normal event. These reactions are NORMAL.
Arrange to be with others who have gone through a similar loss. Set up times to be with family and friends. Know that the first year can often be the most difficult. Being with others who know some of what you are going through reduces the need to explain. You and other co-victims are there to listen to one another. Limit your contact with difficult people. Don’t let anyone try to convince you that avoidance is bad.
Create new traditions and rituals. Such…
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