Grief & the Holidays

Posted on December 12, 2020 by under Grief
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2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. The funeral industry played a big role in the unfortunate after effects of the coronavirus pandemic. We can attest first hand that there are many families this holiday season who are missing a loved one from their table.
Everyone goes through the grief process differently, and the holidays after loosing a loved one can become just another day on the calendar for many. So we ask what we can we do to help someone who is struggling this year?. There of course is no correct answer, but in years of being around families struggling with grief we have learned a few ways to try and help.
1. Be present for them, even if it is just a simple text letting them know that you are thinking of them and available to them if they need anything at all.
2. Don’t put pressure on them to attend any family functions or holiday events. It takes a lot of energy and is very stressful for someone who is struggling with grief to begin to attend social gatherings after loosing someone they loved. In time and when they are ready they will begin to reach out to family and friends socially again.
3. A warm meal can be one the most comforting gifts when feeling down. instead of a useless bulky gift, offer your loved one a time where you both can enjoy a meal together and speak about past funny happy memories of the loved one they lost.
4. Most importantly don’t be judgemental or take anything personally. when someone is going through the grief process it is a rollercoaster of highs and lows. If they don’t answer that text or rsvp to that party is it absolutely no reflection on you.

Our Funeral home website offers 365 days of grief support and after signing up you or a loved one will receive a daily email with grief support actions, quotes, and resources to help get through the day.

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