When the Holidays aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays are widely viewed as a cozy, peaceful time of year to reconnect with family and friends. But if your holidays this year are plagued by grief, it can leave you feeling displaced, lost, and alone, especially when the rest of the world seems to be basking in the joy of the festivities.

It’s common to be uncertain of how to feel or act when grieving during the holidays. According to an article in Psychology Today, the holidays are particularly viewed as a difficult time to grieve for a loved one because there are reminders of them nearly everywhere. Every Christmas carol or gift given seems weighty with new meaning and sadness.

Seeing others so merry and missing your loved one can cause mental health to take a dramatic downturn, even if you can recognize the hope that Christmas brings. It’s important to have appropriate expectations for yourself this year.

Don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress or anxiety. Instead, take time to honor your loved one’s memory in whatever way seems best to you, gather with your friends or family if you feel up to it, and immerse yourself in the practices that bring you peace and solace.

LMC Legacy Foundation is passionate about helping organizations provide faith-based comfort and mental health help for their staffs, particularly those who may be grieving a recent loss. Apply for a grant and partner with us in helping those who are suffering through the loss of a loved one and give them some hope this holiday season.