Suggestions to Help With Holiday Grief During a Global Pandemic

Published: December 2, 2020
by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service is pleased to share a compassionate and timely video by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, one of North America’s leading death educators and grief counselors, offering practical suggestions for people grieving the death of a loved one during this unique holiday season.

We are living in a time of many challenges. Funeral options are limited, restrictions are keeping people apart, and we are all trying to cope with the unknowns lying ahead. Dr. Wolfelt offers a variety of insights to grieve, mourn, and still embrace hope in the coming months. A few takeaways include:

  • Be tolerant of your limits both physically and mentally;
  • Be willing to express your feelings
  • Think about, and discuss, wishes and needs regarding your time and traditions;
  • Make use of alternative means to stay in touch with others; and,
  • Where able, eliminate any unnecessary stress.

“Allow yourself to be sappy,” Dr. Wolfelt says. Having paradoxical emotionality, being happy and sad at the same time, is a great sign of mental health.

Dr. Wolfelt serves as the director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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