Ways to deal with grief during the holidays

Thanksgiving is only two days away and while making last minute holiday plans, it's important to keep in mind that some people may be grieving.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Thanksgiving is only two days away and while making last minute holiday plans, it's important to keep in mind that some people may be grieving.

Kenneth J. Doka, Senior Consultant for the Hospice Foundation of America, says grieving during Thanksgiving and Christmas may be more common than you think.

For that reason, he says it's important to spend the holidays with people who make you feel comfortable and loved.

And with the cold weather, Doka says it's not uncommon for people to feel the absence of their loved ones.

If you have a family member who's grieving, Doka says it's crucial to show your support.

And if you're grieving, Doka says the best thing you can do is make sure you're in a comfortable location with people you trust.

"There's times in the holidays when we really fell the absence most strongly. In addition, it's cold, it's damp sometimes depending on where you are in the country, you're more isolated during the winter, so the winter holidays tend to be a little tough," said Doka.

If you don't feel like holiday shopping, Doka says options like gift cards and homemade gifts may be best.


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