Grief Support During the Holidays
Zanesville, OH (Dec. 16, 2014) – The holidays might not be the most wonderful time of the year for anyone who has recently lost a friend or loved one. Celebrating the holidays can be difficult when you’re grieving. You don’t have to go through it alone. Genesis Hospice offers grief counseling and support groups for anyone in the community. Kelli Ross, M.S.W., L.S.W., a bereavement consultant at Genesis, offers ways to cope:
- Surround yourself with family and friends you feel safe with. Also, let your friends and families know when you need time to yourself to rest or reflect. It’s OK to enjoy time alone as long as you’re not isolating yourself.
- You might experience a wide range of emotions. Remember, it’s OK to cry, and it’s all right to laugh. Give yourself permission to do both, and surround yourself with people who respect that. Everyone experiences grief differently.
- Remember your loved one with a holiday tradition such as lighting a candle, sharing memories around the dinner table, or hanging a stocking or special ornament. You could also make a donation in their memory, plant a tree or buy presents for an adopted family. Have a plan B so if your original plan just doesn’t feel right, you can go with an alternate plan.
- Talk with a trusted friend or family member, clergy, teacher or counselor – don’t hold your feelings in. There isn’t a time frame for grieving. If you need to cry 500 tears, don’t stop at 250.
To find out more about grief counseling and support groups in your local community, call (740) 454-5364.