For those who have lost a loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time of the year. As others come together with their loved ones and you’re surrounded by their joy, you may feel your loss and grief more deeply. The funeral home team at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory and Muskogee Cremation Services provide complete support for their clients in Wagoner, OK.
They have shared some recommendations for coping with your grief and loss this time of year:
- Reach Out to Friends: During the holidays, grieving people tend to feel they need to keep to themselves because they are worried about burdening their loved ones. Remember that they care about you and would rather you didn’t bottle up your feelings. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone to talk to someone about what you’re feeling — or just to invite them out for a cup of coffee.
- Take Time for Yourself: When you’re feeling low, you may forget to take time for yourself and keep up with all your regular self-care, such as shopping and cooking. Set aside time each day to get your usual tasks done, then do something you enjoy. Whether it’s going to the gym or taking a relaxing bath, this time for yourself is cathartic.
- Stay Present: View the holidays as an opportunity, rather than a hurdle. You can create some wonderful new memories while honoring the old. As you spend time with your loved one, stay present and focus on the joy of the moment. It can help to reminisce with your friends and family about old times but focus on enjoying new traditions as well.
The holidays are a time for family and friends, and focusing on that enjoyment can help you cope with your grief and loss. You can always count on the funeral director and team at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory to provide complete support through the funeral planning process. Contact them at (918) 485-9525 to make a plan for properly honoring your loved one while taking care of yourself through the grieving process.