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Mental Health Moment with Mindy Webb

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 3:06 PM
Updated: Friday, December 17, 2021, 11:58 AM

GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Grief can sneak up on us during the holiday season.  Hearing a favorite song or seeing a family recipe can trigger thoughts and emotions that make grief more intense or more present than usual. The holiday season can also trigger memories and flashbacks that can be pleasant or unpleasant.  Having a few tools in your toolbox can help you through this time. If you are experiencing grief, it can make the process more peaceful.

Know that the feelings associated with grief are normal. The stages of grief, shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, are not linear and different stages can reemerge at different times. The emotions and thoughts associated with each stage are normal parts of the grief process.

Plan ahead for the holidays. Make a list of positive coping skills that you know helps you to distress and process your grief in a safe way. Make a list of friends to call if you need to reach out to someone. Seek professional help if you think it is necessary.

Do something special to honor your loved one or loved ones and celebrate memories in a unique way. Some examples could be:  write a letter to your loved one or write a journal entry, visit familiar places that spark pleasant memories, donate in their honor, light a candle, display photos, create a memory book or a memory box, talk to others about your loved one, visit the cemetery or place where ashes were scattered, cherish special keepsakes, or buy or make a special ornament.

Mindy Webb, M.S., LPC

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