Bereavement support at Christmas
Christmas may not feel like it can be the same after someone close to you has passed away, and you may not even feel like celebrating it. Child Bereavement UK has some useful guidance on how to manage over the festive period.
Do what feels right for you and be flexible: Don't feel you must stick to a plan. If you wake up feeling you'd like to do something different, that's fine; there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to celebrate Christmas.
Don't expect too much of yourself: Grieving is exhausting in the early days and can leave you with little energy for much else. Don't set impossible targets for yourself and remember to make time for yourself and do things that help and support you.
Acknowledge your feelings: Being with friends who understand and will accept you, however you are, and allow you to laugh, cry and remember, can help you through.
Do things you enjoy: Give yourself permission to do things you enjoy. Don't feel guilty about feeling positive sometimes.
Make memories: Doing something special in memory of the person who died can be an important part of Christmas for some families; visiting a significant place, hanging a special decoration on the tree or lighting a candle in their memory are just some the things families have done.
Calling a helpline and speaking to someone can make you feel a lot better as well, here’s a list of numbers:
Cruse Bereavement Care - 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5pm)
The Compassionate Friends - 0345 123 2304
Samaritans - 116 123