When we lose a loved one each of us embarks on our own personal journey through grief. Although we never stop missing the person we have lost, over time we learn how to live without our loved one physically in our life. Certain days, however, can elicit stronger emotions than others. Special days like birthdays, anniversaries, and of course holidays can make us feel our grief more acutely.
Making it through the holidays without a loved one can be difficult, but there are some things you can do to manage your grief more effectively.
Accept the holidays will be painful. Just acknowledging it is going to be difficult can provide you with the strength to cope.
Prepare and plan ahead. Think about what you are and are not capable of this year. It is okay to lower your expectations and skip certain activities or traditions that are too painful. Consider starting a new tradition, perhaps something to honor your loved one. Whatever you decide, do what feels best for you.
Ask for support. While family and friends can be a great resource, there is value in talking to others who have experienced a loss similar to yours. Grief support groups offer you the opportunity to connect with people who are standing in your shoes, talk about your feelings, and hear stories about how others are handling their grief.
Because SSM Health at Home recognizes the holidays can be difficult for those who are grieving, we hold “Grief Through the Holidays” support groups in many of the communities we serve. These groups are offered at no cost and are open to adults.
Grief Through the Holidays
Single session group focused on dealing with grief through the holiday season. Group is intended for adults. No registration required.
Richland Center – Peace United Methodist Church
October 29, 2018
Janesville – Janesville Senior Center
November 7, 2018
Waunakee – Waunakee Senior Center
November 8, 2018
Sun Prairie – Hyland Park of Sun Prairie
November 9, 2018
Janesville – SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
November 12, 2018
Madison – Rosewood Villas
November 15, 2018
McFarland – McFarland Public Library
December 4, 2018
Cottage Grove – Aster Assisted Living
December 5, 2018
Milton – Milton Public Library
December 10, 2018
Beloit – Scoville Center Apartments
December 12, 2018