PROVIDED BY SAN DIEGO HOSPICE AND THE INSTITUTE FOR PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
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
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
enough to say no, and be realistic enough to cancel plans when
you change your mind.
9. Ask for help
Ask for and accept offers of concrete assistance with holiday
chores like decorating, shopping, cooking or cleaning. Look for
ways to involve other people in your holiday planning.
10.Speak to someone outside the family,
Organizations like the Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice are ready to be of assistance: (619) 278-6480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The holidays, normally a festive time, can be filled with anxiety and feelings of despair for those who are grieving a loss of a loved one. In addition to bereavement support groups, newsletters and counseling offered, the organization is hosting the free "Coping with the Holidays" Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop offers practical ideas and coping strategies for those grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Call 619-278-6480 for more info.
Clinicians on staff are available for interviews regarding this topic. Contact: Melissa DelaCalzada, 619-278-6139 or email@example.com to schedule an interview.
About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine (www.sdhospice.org), a leader in the relief of suffering, is one of the 10 largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country, with the largest resource in the world for training palliative medicine physicians and other specialists. The organization brings compassionate, expert medical care to more than 1,000 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout San Diego County. In addition, The Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice assists more than 11,000 individuals, experiencing grief and loss, with support, counseling and guidance each year. More information is available online at www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free at 1-866-688-1600.
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