How to Deal with Grief During the Holidays

How to Deal with Grief During the Holidays

It is no secret that the holidays can be a difficult time for those dealing with grief.

It can be a time of joy and celebration for some, but a reminder of sadness and loss for others.

The holidays can also bring feelings of loneliness, isolation, and even guilt as we try to get through the season without our loved ones.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the holidays with your grief.

We will also go through frequently asked questions to help you heal.    

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Tip 1. Acknowledge Your Grief

It's important to acknowledge that you are grieving and that it's normal to feel sad, angry, or confused during the holidays.

Trying to bottle up your emotions will only make them harder to deal with. Allow yourself to grieve in whatever way feels right for you.    

Tip 2. Talk About Your Loved One

Talking about your loved one can be a helpful way to deal with your grief.

Share memories, look at old photos, or watch home videos together. You can also talk about how you're feeling and what you're struggling with.

Talking about your grief can help to make it more manageable.

Tip 3. Do Something to Honor Your Loved One

One way to deal with your grief is to do something to honor your loved one's memory.

You could plant a tree or garden in their memory, make a donation to a charity they cared about, or cook their favorite meal. Other things you can do are:

  • Light a candle,
  • Write letters to them,
  • Create a memory box of items that remind you of them.

Doing something meaningful can be comforting and provide an outlet for your grief.

Doing something to remember and honor your loved one can help you to feel closer to them even though they're no longer physically present.

Tip 4. Seek Support from Others

Grief can be a very isolating experience, but it's important to reach out for support from family and friends.

They may not be able to fully understand what you're going through, but they can offer a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on when you need it most.

There are also many support groups available for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Talking to others who are dealing with similar experiences can be very beneficial.

Tip 5. Take Care of Yourself

It's important to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally when you're grieving.

Make sure to eat healthy meals, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.

It's also important to find healthy ways to cope with your emotions, such as journaling, listening to music, or spending time outdoors

Frequently Asked Questions About Healing From Your Grief During the Holidays

What are some things I can do to heal from my grief during the holidays?

There are a few things you can do to help ease your pain during the holiday season. First, try to avoid triggers that may cause you to feel sad or upset. Triggers can be anything from certain songs or smells, to seeing certain people or places. If you know there will be triggers at holiday gatherings, try to arrive late or leave early if possible. You can also try to create new traditions that don't involve the triggers.

I'm dreading the holidays because I know they will be so hard without my loved one. How can I get through them?

It is completely normal to feel dread or even fear when thinking about the upcoming holiday season. One way to ease your anxiety is by planning ahead and being prepared for how you will deal with tough moments. If there are certain events you know will be difficult, try to come up with an exit strategy beforehand so you can leave if needed. It can also be helpful to talk to a therapist or counselor before the holidays to help you manage your expectations and emotions.

I don't want to ruin the holidays for my family by being sad all the time. What can I do?

It's important to remember that you are allowed to grieve however you need to, and that doesn't mean you have to ruin the holidays for everyone else. If you need to take a break from holiday festivities, do so. Go for a walk, take a nap, watch a movie—whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. You can also try talking to your family about your grief ahead of time and asking for their understanding and support.

The holidays were always my loved one's favorite time of year. What can I do to honor their memory?

There are many ways you can honor your loved one's memory during the holidays. You could decorate in their favorite colors, play their favorite music, make their favorite food, or even just talk about them often throughout the holiday season. You could also create a new tradition in their memory, such as planting a tree or making a donation in their name.

Overcomers Counseling is Here to Help

At Overcomers Counseling, our goal is to help you find the tools and resources you need in order to cope with your grief during the holidays.

Our counselors are here for you every step of the way, providing compassionate and non-judgmental support.

We understand how difficult it can be to face the holiday season after losing a loved one and we're here to help.

Contact us today to learn more about our grief counseling services. We look forward to hearing from you!


It's normal to feel overwhelmed by grief during the holidays. Remember that you are not alone, and there are resources available to help you cope with your loss.

Take care of yourself both physically and emotionally, plan for triggers and difficult moments, and find ways to honor the memory of your loved one.

Above all, don't be afraid to reach out for help.

A qualified counselor can provide the support you need to make it through the holidays.

We wish you peace and healing during this difficult time. 

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January 28th, 2023