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How To Deal With Your First Christmas After A Loved One Has Passed Away

A lot changes when a loved one dies. As the holiday season is fast approaching, we know there will be many people who are dreading the thought of their first Christmas without their loved one. It’s rarely easy, particularly if they were a big part of your life. To help you manage, we’ve put together a simple guide with practical tips to support you through the festive season.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

Being apprehensive about Christmas without your loved one is completely normal. Don’t be afraid of your feelings. You don’t need to suppress your sadness, particularly in the run up to Christmas. Sometimes, allowing yourself to let it all out can make things a bit easier. Once Christmas Day rolls around, you may be feeling a little better for having got through most of the holiday season.

Plan Christmas Differently

If you’re worried about spending Christmas alone after your loved one has passed away, this doesn’t have to be the case. It may not be the same as before, but you can make new plans to celebrate Christmas in a different way. This can feel a lot less stressful than trying to replicate the way you always used to do things. Creating new traditions can be a nice way to make the holiday season feel less stressful as the years pass.

Treasure Your Memories

The passing of a loved one can be terribly sad. If there’s been enough time since their passing for you to heal somewhat, you could spend a few moments reflecting on the good times you had together. You might want to toast a drink or light a candle in their memory. This is your special time to do what you want to do to remember your loved one.

Remembering a loved one

Consider Others Who Are Grieving

You probably aren’t the only person who will be missing someone at Christmas. Everyone will cope differently. If you feel that you can, you could offer support to someone who needs it. This could be in the form of a quick visit on Christmas morning or an offer for them to share dinner with you. Sometimes, sharing a special moment with someone who shares your grief can be very therapeutic.

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