Nicole Baker’s goal with this segment is to provide you with easy, practical everyday tips for staying healthy, safe, and happy.
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) – I lost my grandmother suddenly in October and it was pretty terrible – this will be my family’s first Christmas without her.
I know I’m not the only one dealing with this.
A WebMD study found that 57% of us are grieving someone we’ve lost in the past three years. And let’s be real: the holiday season can be a mix of joy and sadness
So I wanted to talk to a local doctor to find out if – amid the gifts, traditions and milestones we tend to celebrate this time of year – we would put the pain where is yours?
Drew Pate is the Chief of Psychiatry at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.
“Grief management is always difficult,” he said. “And everyone has their own way of managing and experiencing their pain. But in times of reunions, family gatherings and important life events, we often think about those who are not with us.”
Pate said there’s no timeline for grieving.
“Giving yourself a deadline to move forward is not realistic or healthy,” says Pate. “Accept and acknowledge painful feelings. Don’t bury them because they’ll come back for you.”
He also said to remember the love you have for the person who passed away.
“Continue to remind yourself that the love you have for that person will stay with you forever. It doesn’t go away because the person is gone,” says Pate. “Show gratitude and gratitude for what is in front of you, even if it is not the ideal you desire or the perfect prospect.”
Here are some other ways to cope:
1. You and your family or friends can start a new tradition
2. You can try changing up the way you celebrate – maybe hang out *safely* instead of hanging out at home.
3. Don’t take it lightly to say how you feel.. Especially if you’ve never been
4. And what about helping others – volunteering or donating can honor someone you’re missing by spreading love to others.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/22/bmore-well-coping-with-holiday-grief/ Dealing with Holiday Sadness – CBS Baltimore