Neal R. Niznan MSW, LSW
Clinical Social Worker at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: November 30, 2005
Lights, music, gifts, decorations, holiday gatherings of family and friends? our society almost forces us to be in a good mood during the holiday season. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, your feelings may be inconsistent with the way others "want" you to feel. How to participate in the activities of the holiday, without pressure to compromise your feelings, is not an easy task. The following points may enable you to balance feelings of grief with the "holiday spirit."
This is your holiday. Let it have meaning for you and your family. Allow yourself the opportunity to express tears, sadness, anger, and even laughter. Accept comfort from those you love. Expressing your feelings and needs will help you manage this difficult season.
Adapted from: Hyman, M. How to Handle the Holidays