Holidays and Loss

There are a number of people who share advice about living with loss during the holidays. (Dr. Alan Wolfelt has a book called Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season.)

I’ve created my own list of advice; the bottom-line message? YOU get to establish the terms of engagement …

If the following advice is useful, great. If not, please disregard and create your OWN list!

Lynne’s advice for navigating the holidays after an experience of loss or during a life transition experience that is happening during the holiday season:

~ Plan ahead.
~ Be human. (That means allow yourself to feel what you feel.)
~ Ask for help.
~ Eliminate, scale back or create new traditions. (or not!)
~ Avoid any unhealthy, short-term fixes that temporarily make you feel better.
~Be good to yourself. Practice extreme self-care.
~ Keep good company.
~ Memorialize your loved one. Create a ritual of remembrance.
~ Tell stories. Remember.

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