Written by: Jackie Davies; RPN-Palliative Care Nurse, Holistic Coach and Energy Healer
COPING WITH GRIEF & LOSS DURING THE HOLIDAYS (or anytime)
The holidays can be a beautiful time of year, filled with celebration and loved ones—but for some this is not the case.
It can be one of the most challenging times of the year, especially when you’ve lost something or someone you love.
Here are some ways to cope with loss and move through this passage gently🤍🙏🏼
1️⃣ TAKE TIME OUT. PAUSE. BREATHE.
The holidays can lead to overwhelm and burnout easily anyways, it’s important for you to honour your energetic capacity. It’s ok to say no to events to stay home and rest.
Or if you choose to go out, a 5 min bathroom break or walk around the block is a great reset!
2️⃣ CREATE A RITUAL TO HONOUR THEIR LIFE
Maybe this is a song, a meal, an ornament, an activity or game they loved. This is for you, listen to your heart and keep it simple.
3️⃣ CALL SOMEONE IF YOU’RE FEELING LONELY
Reach out to a friend, a family member, support group, a counsellor or that new person you met who seems pretty nice.
Allow yourself to be held.
4️⃣HONOUR HOW YOU FEEL
You may have moments of sadness or pure joy—You might feel both at once. All of this is normal. Stay compassionate with yourself, you are healing.
5️⃣ MOVE YOUR BODY GENTLY & TAKE TIME TO REST
A gentle walk and yoga helps the blood to flow through your body and release endorphins that help you feel better. Nurture your body with proper rest, hydration & food.
6️⃣ REMINISCE ABOUT GOOD MEMORIES
Allow the good times to fill your heart with gratitude. This can be done on your own or with someone you care about.
Grief is a part of life and even though it can feel debilitating and strange at times, just know that you’re doing amazing—however you show up today, through the holidays or any other day to come.
One day the pain will fade and it will feel easier to be.
You are not alone. We are all walking this journey together.
This is the first time in 2 years since losing my father that I actually feel like celebrating.
Grief comes in waves & I still miss him so much.
Sending so much love to you all.
If you desiring additional support while moving through loss, I invite reach out. I would love to guide you on your journey.
Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org