Coping With Grief Over The Holidays

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The holiday season is fast approaching and many people aren't in a festive mood this year. Millions of families have lost loved ones due to the pandemic and most are still struggling to cope with the grief. At Gallagher Funeral Home, we encourage you to take a few steps that can help handle the pain. Here are a few tips that can distract you from the festivities and help with grief:

1. Understand You Will Experience A Wide Range Of Emotions

Grief is a complex process and everyone handles it differently. Some cry and isolate themselves while others seek out company or try to be cheerful. All coping methods are valid as long as they don't cause any harm. It is important to be kind to oneself during this process and process all emotions in a positive manner. Don't feel guilty if you're happy or sad as both are natural responses. Guilt or suppressing your feelings will only cause more harm in the long run.

2. Ask For Help

Friends and family members are always eager to help a grieving loved one as much as possible. Don't hesitate to ask for some help and comfort from your close acquaintances. They can keep you company, provide a few meals, or even go on road trips or vacations with you. Friends are often a neutral party so they can be in your corner when the entire family is grieving.

3. Honor Their Memory

Honor their memory by making a special dessert or their favorite dish. You can also light a candle in their name or plant a tree in a loved one's honor. Some people like to contribute towards charity or volunteer at some non-profit organization as well.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at (318) 640-1375 today.

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