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 How to Deal with Grief During the Holidays

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It can be difficult to move on with life when you’re dealing with the death of someone who had been such a big part of your life. Even so, you need to grieve, pick up the pieces and move forward. But how do you deal with the holidays without your dearly departed loved one? It can be hard, and no one says that it will ever be easy, but you can learn to get through them and even enjoy them. So after the body disposition by a Beckley, WV funeral home & cremation services provider, you can consider these tips to make it through the holidays.  

Do Something New 

Maybe the idea of having a big family dinner is a bit much in the immediate aftermath of a death in your family. You might want to do something different, and perhaps you should. Why not start a new tradition? You could, for instance, have a smaller get together that is less stressful. You might also decide to do something entirely different such as volunteer at a soup kitchen that serves free meals to the less fortunate. Otherwise you might want to go on a short all-inclusive trip to a holiday resort—so that you can rest and rejuvenate.  

Take it Easy 

Maybe you do want to continue a family tradition of having a big gathering to mark the holiday season. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise some restraint. For instance, you might not stay as long if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Or you might be a bit more reserved as opposed to the life of the party. Another way you can take it easy is to allow others to do more of the heavy lifting. Maybe you used to do most, if not all, of the cooking. You can inform your loved ones that you’re not up to shouldering such a heavy task and ensure that they step up to the plate and help to make the holiday meal a success. 

Talk to Someone 

You know yourself better than anyone else does, so you’ll know if you might require professional intervention. Sometimes it’s just a matter of having someone to talk to—someone who doesn’t know you and who will be confidential. You might find that a few sessions with a grief counsellor is all it takes to give you the coping skills needed to get through the holidays.  

After the Beckley, WV funeral home & cremation services provider has completed the body disposition, you’ll be left to deal with a new normal. And for many people the cold new reality of change becomes quite real during the holiday season. Hopefully the aforementioned tips will give you ideas on how to get through the holidays when you’re still grieving. Do you want grief management resources or to set up a funeral or cremation? Reach out to us at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home & Crematorium for the best in products and services. We have deep roots in the West Virginia area, and we pride ourselves on being focused on customer service. Call us at (304) 342-8135 or visit us at 1118 Virginia St E Charleston, WV 25301 for a free consultation.