I’m back! Happy Holidays!

Thought I’d disappeared, didn’t you?

No, I just went away for the holidays, and had a wonderful time visiting my folks, who live in Florida.

I also got to bring my kids to worship the Almighty Mouse while I was down there. A lot of fun, but not kind on the wallet.

How are your holidays going?

Holidays can be a tough time for people, especially those who are grieving people they have lost. I have found that the best suggestion I have given to people who are grieving is to take it slow, and find something to distract you while you are going through the holiday in question. Some other suggestions:

1. Have an empty place at the table for the lost one so that he/she can be invited to the feast.

2. Arrive late to parties that you don’t want to go to and leave early.

3. Contact someone, anyone during the holiday just to check in.

4. Only do as much as you feel comfortable doing to prepare for and celebrate the holidays. Nope, actually do less than you feel comfortable with–it will make the holidays more manageable.

5. Eat a balanced set of meals and get your sleep.

6. If celebrating the holiday in question is too difficult, consider celebrating an alternative holiday. For example, if you celebrate Hannukah, celebrate Kwanzaa, the Solstice, or Christmas instead.

These are just a few ideas. If you are reading this blog, please add your own suggestions.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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