Dr. Donnie: Coping With Grief During The Holidays

Friday, December 11th 2015, 2:52 pm
By: News 9

Dr. Donnie offers the following tips when it comes to coping with grief during the holidays. 

  1. Decide what you can handle comfortably and let family and friends know
  2. Make some changes if they feel comfortable for you
  3. Re-examine your priorities: greeting cards, holiday baking, decorating, putting up a tree, family dinner, etc.
  4. Consider doing something special for someone else
  5. Recognize your loved one's presence in the family
  6. If you decide to do holiday shopping, make a list ahead of time and keep it handy for a good day, or shop online
  7. Observe the holidays in ways which are comfortable for you
  8. Try to get enough rest--holidays can be emotionally and physically draining
  9. Allow yourself to express your feelings
  10. Keep in mind that the experience of many bereaved persons is that they do come to enjoy the holidays again
  11. Don't be afraid to have fun