Your First Holidays without a Loved One
Your first holiday season following the loss of a loved one, military deployment or divorce will be different and can be scary. Here are some ideas to help you get through this period:
Although it can be hard, deal with your emotions – you may be tempted to push your feelings aside by staying too busy; but you need to acknowledge, process and express your emotions. It’s OK to feel sadness
Family and friends may be so caught up in their own holiday experiences that they forget you’re undergoing a new and uncomfortable adjustment. Find one or two people who can listen and empathize about your situation
Realize that you are adjusting to a new reality; in future seasons you will know what to expect and have coping mechanisms to help you through the season. Things will get better.
Take stock of your experiences when the holidays are over; what worked and what didn’t.
Feel overwhelmed? Call the ALPHA Center near you for support