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Ten Tips for Coping with Grief and Loss During the Holidays
Date:11/20/2008

PROVIDED BY SAN DIEGO HOSPICE AND THE INSTITUTE FOR PALLIATIVE MEDICINE

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

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San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine offers the following tips for coping with grief and loss during the upcoming holiday season:

1. Take care of yourself

You are of little value to your family and friends if you are not well rested and taking care of yourself first and foremost.

2. Find a way to acknowledge the person you have lost

Rather than avoiding the feelings, find a way to remember and acknowledge the person that is meaningful and positive.

3. Incorporate memories or stories about the person into your family

traditions

Remember your friend or family member's role in holiday traditions and share those memories.

4. Find new traditions that honor those who are no longer here

Consider incorporating a new tradition such as a special decoration or moment of reflection in memory of the person who has died.

5. Plan ahead

Think ahead about what events will be especially emotional for you this holiday season and evaluate what will best ease that pain whether it be surrounding yourself with family or excusing yourself for a private moment.

6. Take one day at a time

Focus on today and the experience at hand.

7. Don't be afraid to make changes

Sometimes old traditions or routines can be too painful without important people present. Try something new this holiday season. Consider going somewhere different or changing your traditional holiday menu.

8. Do what you can

Do only what is special and meaningful to you this year. Be brave

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