Surviving the Holidays

Posted 12/11/2014 in Hospice

Brought to you by Hospice of Comfort, a service of Regional Medical Center in Manchester

As children, the holidays are a joyous event filled with cheer, presents, wonderful food, and lots of fun!  For those grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be very painful.  If this is you or someone you love, here are some thoughts to help you through this challenging time.

  • ACCEPT that this time of year will be hard. Remind yourself that it’s a season and it will pass.

  • SOCIALIZE with your family and friends. You may want to hide but force yourself to go out even if it’s for a short period of time.

  • LOWER your expectations. Movies and songs paint an unrealistic picture of the holidays.

  • DON’T NUMB your pain with alcohol or drugs. Trying to dull your pain with chemicals creates more depression.

  • GET UP AND MOVE. Take care of your entire well-being by eating healthy foods and exercising which is a natural stress reducer.

  • DECORATING...if old ornaments and décor cause too much pain, don’t hang them this year.

  • SET BOUNDARIES. Tell your family what you can do this year and what you are not going to do. Don’t let guilt make you take on more than you are ready for.

During the holiday season, do what feels right to you.  It may mean making some changes to family traditions, but those changes may make this time much easier for you to get through.  And, don’t be afraid to turn to community resources for help. This could include your friends, pastor, or a grief support group.  Regional Medical Center sponsors a Grief Support Group that meets the first Wednesday of every month.  For more information, call 563-927-3232.