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Helping you navigate grief.
Helping you navigate grief.

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Many times people you see at social events will avoid bringing up your lost friend or family member. Generally this is not because they want to forget or ignore the person who died, but rather are afraid of upsetting you.
If you talk about your loved one first, it lets others know that you’re okay with talking about your loss, and that they can talk about it too.
https://griefcompass.com/2015/12/28/the-12-days-of-holiday-grief/
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Get some good sleep. Ideally 7+ hours per night.
If thoughts of grief make falling or staying asleep difficult at night, do your best to plan some afternoon rest-time in your schedule (there’s no shame in taking naps).
Many physical and psychological benefits of getting enough sleep are well documented and include improved mood, better heart health, and fewer headaches.
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Shopping for holiday gifts can be a reminder of the one person that you won’t be buying for this year. Rather than leaving them off your list, buy them a gift.
While doing your holiday shopping, buy a gift for your lost friend or family member. Find something that they would’ve liked or something that reflects their personality and passions.
Then, donate that gift to someone in need. Not only are you making someone else’s holiday brighter, but your helping to carry on your loved one’s legacy.
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Include in your holiday decorations a special area that features framed pictures (even better if they’re holiday pictures) of your absent friend or family member.
Keep in mind that others may be feeling grief this holiday, even if the death took place years ago. So, when you host holiday gatherings, encourage guests to a bring picture of someone they would like to remember.
This is a great way to break the ice on a difficult topic and help you and others feel less isolated in your grief.
#grief #loss #holiday #griefsupport
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Looking at your calendar, make a list of all the things you’re planning to do this season, then cross out all the things you don’t NEED to do. The crossed-out items then become optional. People will understand if you’re not up for a full schedule this year.
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If you’re experiencing grief this holiday season, you don’t need to do it all.
Shopping, parties, baking, wrapping, sending cards…it can all catch up with you. Looking at your calendar, make a list of all the things you’re planning to do this season, then cross out all the things you don’t NEED to do. The crossed-out items then become optional. People will understand if you’re not up for a full schedule this year.
#Holiday #grief #loss #rip #notsohappyholiday
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Folks normally forget about death in their day-to-day life but you now run in the face of that

Why don't people talk about death? Why is open talk of death, or trying to support someone experiencing a significant loss feel so awkward?
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Take a look at where you are with your grief through SWOT analysis. Practicality level: Expert

Instead of using SWOT for a project we’re applying it to your life after loss to get an idea of where you're at, and if you're up for it, where you want to go.
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Halloween isn't just pumpkins, costumes and candy, it begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the deceased, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. So, maybe light an extra candle tonight.
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Learning new things helps w/ confidence, creativity & adapting to change (all come in handy when experiencing grief) http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/learn-something-new-every-day.html
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