Grieving During the Holidays

November 7, 2017

Tu Nidito realizes that grief is a process, not an event. We acknowledge that it is a continuous process, and like a tide, ebbs and flows throughout our lives, evolving as we adapt to an ever-changing climate. We have found that holidays are an especially challenging “tide” where feelings of loss and mourning are magnified. Whether it’s the diagnosis of a serious illness or the death of a loved one – remember to honor and respect your grief during the holiday season.

  1. Don’t try to do too much. Selectively choose which activities, traditions, and holiday events you can handle. Don’t feel pressure to participate in anything that feels like too much.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call on friends and family for help when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  3. Express your emotions. Whether it’s writing in a journal or talking with family or friends, be honest about how you are feeling. Give children the opportunity to express their feelings, too.
  4. Plan ahead. Sometimes the anticipation of the holiday season – parties, decorating, gift-giving – can feel like so much. Go into the holiday season with a plan of what you want the holiday season to include and give yourself something to look forward to, whether it’s new traditions or old.

Remember that it’s okay to be sad, but embrace moments of light and happiness as well. If you find yourself needing additional support for you and/or your family, please contact Tu Nidito 520.322.9155

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