Managing Grief During The Festive Season

By: Brian K. Daly
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Grief takes time and doesn't follow a fixed schedule. It won't vanish just because the holiday season is around the corner. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we encourage people to take their grief seriously and treat themselves with compassion. The festive season can be tough when you have loved a loved one. You feel their absence keenly and struggle to socialize. Here are some tips on how to manage grief during the festive season:

1. Talk To Friends And Family

The holiday season can seem lonely and empty after a loved one's passing, especially if they were an important part of your family. Speak with your friends and family about the loss. Don't hesitate to ask them for assistance or company during the season. Many people shy away from this because they don't want to be a burden. In most cases, your friends and family are just waiting for you to ask.

2. Take A Break

Take a break away from your regular setting and the festive atmosphere. You can go on a long drive or book a vacation rental away from populated areas. A break will be an excellent distraction and help you feel refreshed. It may also speed up the healing process and give you some room to breathe.

3. Learn To Say No

Sometimes it is difficult to say no when friends or family members invite you to parties. You feel obligated to accept these invites if you're not up to it. Your loved ones will understand and offer support wherever possible. They won't mind if you miss out on a few family gatherings this year because there's always next year.

If you want to know more or want to arrange for a service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We'll be happy to help.

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