Even in the best of circumstances, holidays can be hard. Everyone is busy - parties, trim trimmings, to do lists, obligations, etc. Add in grief, and the holidays can be overwhelming and very difficult.
There is so much pressure to find joy and be festive, that one may feel alone and isolated if grieving. To help navigate these emotions it is important to engage in self care. This may look different for each person, so find options that align with where you are emotionally.
You are under no obligation to do traditions. In fact, you are free to change everything or anything. This is your experience.
If you decide to go out, have an exit strategy. Engage a friend to support you or decide to take your own car or uber when you are ready.
What does self care look like for you? Staying home, in pajammas? Watching movies? Being with others? Whatever resonates with you, surround yourself with it.
Whatever you may think may occur during the holidays, know that more than likely it will be different than what you had imagined. Give yourself some freedom of the unknown and the unexpected, and be able to give yourself the support you need, wherever you need it.