Grief, during the holidays, can feel overwhelming and isolating. Everywhere one looks it can seem as if their lives are full of joy and health. For those in grief, even going out to the grocery store can take courage to face the crowd of strangers. Not knowing if, or when, emotions may come up, make going out into the world feel even less safe.
The following, taken from Journey's with Grief, highlight the following:
Choose: Allow yourself the flexibility, and not the obligation, to choose what feels right for you. This may even require you to make a last minute decision. Your grief. Your journey.
Communicate: Share with those that will be affected by your choices, what you are feeling about your choices, and why the choice is right for you at this time.
Compromise: There is no one way to grieve. What worked for one person, will not work for you. It is important if others are experiencing grief too, to communicate and see if there are any solutions that allow each person to get needs met.
Grief is tough to navigate, but implementing the Three C's, may help to reduce additional frustration or heartache.