When you are grieving, the holidays can be an emotionally overwhelming time. How do you get through? How do you find ways to enjoy the holiday season again? There is really no single answer on what one should or shouldn’t do. The Hospice Foundation of America stresses one guiding principle and we agree: do what is comfortable.

Some people find it helpful to be with family and friends, in a familiar setting. Others might wish to avoid those familiar sights and sounds. Here are a few tips as you discern what works best for you:
1.) Take care of yourself. Caring for yourself will help you care for others.
2.) Recognize that the holidays will not be the same.
3.) Plan ahead. Think about situations that might be emotionally tough for you.
4.) Be careful not to isolate yourself. It’s alright to take time for yourself; but try not to distance yourself from those who want to support you.
5.) If it’s comfortable, spend some time thinking about the one you have lost and think about ways you might honor that person during the holidays along with others who also loved that person.
6.) Be patient with yourself. You may not always understand your emotions – that’s OK.
7.) Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to get the help you need. Remember AMF is here for you if you need us.
Click here for tips on how to support a friend who is grieving.