Believe it or not ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ can be devastating.
Grief and mourning are often associated with the death of a friend or loved one, but the truth is that any loss, of relationship, job, furry friend or the removal of acceptance from those we thought were in our inner circle can be an incredibly painful and isolating experience. It is normal to feel loneliness, guilt, fear, irritability and conflicting emotions.
That’s why it is so important to take care of yourself during this period and to reach out to others who can help and offer you support.
Reach out to friends and family for help. Don’t be afraid to let people know you need help or that you just need someone to keep you company.
Make specific requests for help. Sometimes friends don’t know the best way to support you. If you need someone to make you dinner or pick up a prescription, or just sit and listen, tell them that.
Find a grief support group. Many communities have grief support groups. You don’t have to be a member of a religious organization to attend.
Reach out locally. Try reaching out to a local community leader if you need help finding a local support group or grief counselor.
Take time for yourself. Whether or not you’ve had people paying condolence visits during this time, it’s OK to spend time on your own. Listen to yourself and your own needs.