This time of year is challenging if you’ve experienced the death of a loved one. Christmas and other anniversaries can trigger grief. What is socially expected to be a fun holiday season, can become a world of pain.
There is sometimes an expectation that grief should be put aside during the festive period, that we may be spoiling it for everyone else if we let people know how we really feel. It may be hard for others to understand the huge emotions that threaten to boil over as we try to put on a brave face. While you can’t rush the grieving process, there are things you can do to make the holiday period easier. You may need to challenge your or your family’s idea of the ‘perfect Christmas.’ For some, it may mean not celebrating at all. Acknowledge that the holidays will be different.
Tips for coping with grief over the holiday season:
24/7 National Crisis Support Lines
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Useful websites and resources:
For support helping kids and young people, visit the National Centre for Childhood Grief at www.childhoodgrief.org.au or Good Grief at www.goodgrief.org.au
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Sources: NALAG, National Association for Loss and Grief NSW, Palliative Care Australia.
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