Surviving the Holidays: Avoiding vs Preparing!

Tips for surviving the holidays after a loss

Surviving the Holidays: Avoiding vs Preparing!

It is that time of year again! That time of year when everyone starts getting happy, looking forward to the twinkling lights, the Holiday Specials on every channel of the television, and festive music on the radio. Children start dreaming of special days ahead filled with laughter and concerts and parents are running from one errand to another making plans and arrangements to visit and reconnect with their families. Everyone puts on their best clothes and gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ along with other culture and traditions that has the whole world coming together in common ways to celebrate the holiday season.

But, what if you aren’t in a place to celebrate? What if you are heartbroken, you are grieving, and you feel alone, and you don’t want to gather with others? What if you just can’t do it this year because you are emotionally and physically exhausted from just surviving your grief journey? What do you do then? How do you make it through without turning green and shaggy and shrinking your heart 3 sizes smaller (like the Grinch)?

We have a choice to make! We can hide away at home, lock the doors, and pretend we are alright all the while longing to be with others on some smaller scale of the holiday season. And it is okay to be alone if that is what you truly want to do. But for those who want to do a little, and do something to keep some holiday traditions or start new ones, maybe the answer isn’t in avoiding the holidays but in preparing for all the unexpected ways that our grief can show up while we are celebrating with friends and family.

I would like to invite you to an evening of finding support, tips, tools, and skills to survive the holiday season. We will meet at Oliver’s Funeral Home on November 21st, 2023, at 7 pm. We will have some laughs and maybe a few tears, but we will come away with some great ways to Survive the Holidays that lets you be in control of what you want to do this holiday season without the guilt of obligations.

This is a free event hosted by Oliver’s Funeral Home and Essentials 2 Grief Transformation to help you be prepared for this holiday season while you grieve.

You can register for this event at

Written by Kimberly Talmey RPC-C

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