Monday, November 03, 2008

Ten tips to survive a holiday after the death of a child

Healing the Grieving Heart by Dr. Gloria HorsleyRunning away or hiding from your grief during the holidays doesn't work. Below are some simple ways to make coping a little easier.

1. Plan ahead, prioritize events, activities and people, and realize you can't do everything.

2. Ask for help with tasks, even easy ones around the house.

3. You don't have to prove you have holiday spirit. Do as much as you want to do, as simple candle in the window in memory of your child.

4. It's OK not to host holiday events even if you always have. People will understand.

5. Make new traditions to honor your child, in a way that has meaning to you.

6. Remember your surviving children. A holiday can provide normalcy in the midst of mourning.

7. It's OK if you don't get everything you planned done.

8. Shop at off-peak times, over the Internet or ask a friend to help.

9. Participate in a memorial service, like the World Wide Candle Lighting.

10. Remember, the anticipation of the day is usually worse than day itself.

Excerpts courtesy of Compassionate Friends

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