Grieving through the holidays

holidays are hard

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The holidays are about spending time with family and enjoying the company of loved ones, but for those who are grieving, the season may be anything but merry.

“Anyone who’s experienced any type of stress or trauma or difficulty, is not experiencing joy right now,” said Bereavement Counselor with Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Beth Wong.

Wong said there’s no right or wrong way to grieve, but if you’re missing a loved one this time of year don’t keep what you’re feeling bottled up, just to get through it.

“It’s vital that people find an opportunity to share their feelings. A person that they can talk with. It might be family or friends. It might not. They may need to turn to us, you know, counselors,” said Wong.

Wong said it’s important to accept invitations, but tell the host you may or may not be up for it. She said it’s good to have something to do, but have a “Plan B” if you want to leave.

Wong said some may also find it therapeutic to memorialize their loved one or still put up all the holiday decorations.

“Maybe volunteer opportunities. Maybe finding some meaning and purpose that way can be helpful. Hopefully they can experience a little bit of joy. A little bit of happiness and not feel so alone," she added.

If you know someone who is grieving, Wong says to just be there for them, even if it’s just to listen or pass them tissues.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers counseling services to any member of the community. If you need help, call 419-661-4001.

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