Surviving the Holiday Season After Loss


As fall comes to an end, we are reminded of the season ahead. Assisting individuals and families facing anticipated or sudden loss; I caution self-care as we approach this holiday season.

The holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year if you have experienced the death of someone you love. The holidays – a time of family and togetherness, traditions, joy and thankfulness – can suddenly bring sadness, loss, and a feeling of emptiness. It’s a time when our senses are confronted with the sights, sounds and smells that can trigger memories of the past, resulting in a renewed sense of personal grief.

After the death of your loved one you may have already felt that coping with one day at a time was difficult enough and that energy for simple tasks was diminished. As the season approaches, treasured traditions may seem like a burden and you may be inclined to think that life will be awful during the holidays. You can try to ignore all that is going on around you, but that takes a tremendous amount of energy.

Life Transitions will be offering a “Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season Support Group.” If you would like more information regarding this group or prefer individual counseling, please feel free to contact Colleen M. Lambert, Clinical Therapist at 586 696 6968 or at [email protected]