Managing Grief During the Holiday Season and Beyond

During the holiday season and beyond, talk to someone you trust about your grief, share your feelings and talk about your loss. Loss do not always have to be due to death but could be loss of health, relationships, failed goals, job, home or marriage.

Spend time with friends or family who care and will listen to your concerns and understand your loss. Volunteer at community events, or agencies.  Volunteering helps you to focus on others and not dwell on your situation or problems. Visit a local church, attend a worship service, a Christmas program or event which may lighten your mood. Try your local library for free programs and fun activities.

If your grief is due to the death of a loved one, talk about the person who died. Share fond memories with others about your loved one, mentioning them by name. Speaking openly about your loved one will improve your mood, especially if you can reminisce on fun times. Include your loved ones by displaying photos of them.

Take care of your physical and emotional health. Feelings of grief and loss can make you feel physically and emotionally drained. Listen to your body and mind, try to get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat healthy. These are just a few tips from The Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. (ADAMHS)

Coping with the Holidays is a community resource guide developed by the ADAMHS Board, and the Suicide Prevention Coalition. This guide is intended to offer helpful tips that may reduce stress during the holidays. These suggestions are not intended to be all-inclusive.

The ADAMHS Board and the Suicide Prevention Coalition collaborated to highlight topics of special concern for mental health wellness during the holidays.

Topics include:

  • Stress and the holidays
  • Taking charge
  • Self-care
  • Grieving during the holidays
  • Dealing with loss/change over the holidays
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Ways to help seniors have a happy holiday
  • Inexpensive ways to celebrate the holidays
  • Resources

If you would like copies of Coping with the Holidays, please contact Beth Zietlow-DeJesus, Director of External Affairs, at ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County 2012 West 25th Street, 6th Floor Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 241-3400

Excerpts from Coping with the Holidays Booklet

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