Resources for Grief During the Holidays

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Dealing with grief during the holidays can be an emotional experience that countless individuals and families go through. How can you pay tribute to your loved one, amidst all the glittering lights and joyful songs? How do you navigate this emotionally complex journey while seeking comfort and finding support?

Dealing with grief is a journey that’s rarely easy. The burden of loss can feel overwhelming during the holiday season when we keenly feel the absence of our loved ones. It is challenging to continue with the celebrations when someone dear to you is no longer present.

However, at Green Hills, we firmly believe that healing is possible with support. Every person’s path to recovery is unique. We aim to offer guidance and assistance, in finding comfort, resilience, and optimism during this period. You don’t have to face grief alone, together we can conquer it.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

Grief is always challenging during the holidays, it can be especially poignant. It can be a unique journey for everyone, but to heal you must acknowledge the pain. Give yourself permission to acknowledge your feelings; it might be sadness, anger, or a jumble of emotions.

Sarah Dessen once said “Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.” Embracing these strong emotions doesn’t make you weak or flawed; Recognizing your emotions and allowing yourself to process them is the first step toward healing and finding a path through the difficult journey of grief.

By permitting yourself to feel, you are acknowledging your humanity and taking an essential stride toward finding solace and resilience during the holiday season and beyond.

Seek Support

Reach out to the people in your life who care about you. Share your thoughts and feelings. It is incredibly comforting to know that you are being heard and supported. If needed, consider seeking support from professional grief counselors.

Green Hills cares about you during your journey of grieving. Our Bereavement Group Session can provide support and guidance during these times. Our sessions last up to an hour and thirty minutes, meetings take place inside the Green Hills Administration Building. This is a drop-in class with no registration required.

Get Started TodayA second option at Green Hills is our Grief Recovery Program is an Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses. This structured 8-week class does require registration.  A different activity takes place each week. An assignment is provided for each day, with a handout and reading material to help guide you through the homework.

We are happy to get you involved with us, you can book your sessions or you can email  bereavement@greenhillsla.com for more information.

 

Allow Yourself to Rest, Prioritize Self-Care

Staying physically healthy creates an environment for yourself to handle grief. There is a connection between your mind and body that allows you to tackle fatigue and stress while grieving during the holiday.

Focus on getting enough rest and eating well. Always remember not to turn to alcohol and drugs to lift your spirits. Instead, reach out to your friends, family, or professionals for emotional support.

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About Green Hills

We believe that every end-of-life celebration should be as unique as the person being celebrated. When you work with us, we’ll help you create a memorial that honors your loved one in a way that feels special and authentic. If you’re planning for the future, our Advance Planning advisors will help you remove the burden from your family members and organize a ceremony that allows them to gather, heal, and reminisce.

To learn more about how advanced funeral planning can protect your loved ones, find out what to do if a loved one is ill, or just say hello, contact our team today. Celebrate a life well-lived in a beautiful, serene environment. www.greenhillsla.com

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