The 12 Days of Grief – Day Seven


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Holiday celebrations are steeped in tradition and ceremony. For your holiday gathering, plan a memorial activity in which everyone can participate. This could be as simple as lighting a candle and sharing a prayer, or can be as involved as making personalized memorial tree ornaments. Traditions like these can … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Seven

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Six


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. We all know that over time memories start to fade. While the holiday memories of your lost family member or friend are still vivid in your mind, set aside some time to write them down. If a holiday memory strikes you unexpectedly make a reminder note in your phone … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Six

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Five


  See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Many times people you see at social events will avoid bringing up your lost friend or family member. Generally this is not because they want to forget or ignore the person who died, but rather are afraid of upsetting you. If you talk about your loved one first, … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Five

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Four


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Get some good sleep. Ideally 7+ hours per night. If thoughts of grief make falling or staying asleep difficult at night, do your best to plan some afternoon rest-time in your schedule (there’s no shame in taking naps). Many physical and psychological benefits of getting enough sleep are well documented … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Four

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Three


  See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Shopping for holiday gifts can be a reminder of the one person that you won’t be buying for this year. Rather than leaving them off your list, buy them a gift. While doing your holiday shopping, buy a gift for your lost friend or family member. Find something that … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Three

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Two


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Include in your holiday decorations a special area that features framed pictures (even better if they’re holiday pictures) of your absent friend or family member. Keep in mind that others may be feeling grief this holiday, even if the death took place years ago. So, when you host holiday gatherings, … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Two