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Tips to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season is often one filled with joyous memories, comfort food, warm conversations, and of course reunions with loved ones you may only see a few times a year. The opportunity for uninterrupted, quality time is a reason to celebrate and rejoice, but it is also the same reason the holidays can be difficult for senior loved ones who have lost a significant other, friend, or family member. This season is full of memory-provoking moments and can be a difficult time to grieve and cope whether you have recently lost someone or even if time has passed. There are a few ways to still work through the grieving process with your senior loved one while having a celebratory time.

  1. Celebrate the holiday in a new way
    Often times families have certain traditions they practice each holiday season and it can be glaringly obvious that someone is missing during these times. Starting a new tradition can serve as a distraction. Try celebrating the holiday at someone else’s house or finding a neutral venue. Additionally, make new memories. Try things like different decorating styles, making a new meal, or researching and implementing a new tradition. You can include something that subtly acknowledges the lost loved one, such as making their favorite dish even if it isn’t a traditional holiday food or playing songs by their favorite artist.
  2. Honor the lost loved one in a special, deliberate way
    There are many ways to honor your lost loved one. Plan something in advance and inform all guests who will be attending. Ideas to honor them could include lighting a candle and saying a prayer for that person, sharing favorite stories and memories, or even visiting a special place to that person as a family or group.
  3. Reach out for professional help when needed
    Sometimes these memory-invoking and legacy honoring tips are not enough to help a senior cope with the loss of someone special. If it seems the grief is consuming your senior loved one, a professional’s help may need to be enlisted. If your loved one shows signs of feeling hopeless, frequent or sudden sadness, or experiences a personality change, professional help may be needed.

As a team of skilled caregivers, we have seen firsthand just how much of a negative effect grief can have on a person – particularly a senior. Fortunately, our professional staff consists of highly skilled individuals who are in the top 5% of the market. For more information on caregivers and how they can work as a solution for your family, please call 916-933-9777 or visit our website. We are more than happy to serve those in need of caregiving assistance in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and Yolo counties. For daily tips, advice, and news, follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google Plus.

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