Navigating Grief during the holidays

A funeral guide for comfort during unsettling times

Navigating Grief during the holidays

Navigating Grief during the holidays: A guide to finding comfort.

While the holidays are often associated with joy and celebration, it can be a challenging time for those experiencing grief. Whether you have recently lost a loved one or are supporting someone who has part of the grief process is adjusting to life without your loved one. For some people this may be their first holiday period without their loved one. In this post, we’ll explore practical ways to cope with loss during the holidays and find moments of solace. Please understand that grief is different for everyone and your experience with grief may be different to others so there is a chance some of the suggestions may not work for you but might work for people you know also experiencing the grief.

Acknowledge your feelings:

As we know there is a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings when experiencing grief. It’s important to recognise and accept your emotions. It’s important to remember this range of emotions may not all be negative emotions and might even include some nostalgic and joyous moments. Understand that grief is unique and there’s no right or wrong way to feel.

Create new traditions:

Consider establishing new traditions or adapting existing ones to honour and remember your loved ones. This could be lighting a memorial candle, creating a memory tree or sharing stories about cherished holiday memories. Try incorporating your loved one’s favourite holiday traditions into your celebration as this can also be a meaningful way to keep their memory alive.

Seek Support:

Don’t hesitate to lean on friends, family or support groups during this time. Share your thoughts and feelings with those you trust, consider attending holiday grief support events in your community. Connect with others who understand your experience can provide comfort and a sense of understanding.

Plan ahead and set boundaries:

Decide in advance how you want to spend the holidays, and communicate your preference to others. If attending certain events feels overwhelming, its okay to decline invitations. Set boundaries and priorities yourself in order to help navigate the holiday’s at your own pace.

Honour your loved ones:

Find meaningful ways to honour and remember your loved ones during the holidays. This could be done and multiple ways and each way can be unique to you and your loved ones. By incorporating their presence into your celebrations, you can keep their memory alive in a positive and uplifting way.


While the holidays can intensify the emotions of grief, they can also provide an opportunity for reflection, healing, and connection. Remember that it’s okay to grieve and seek support. By embracing the memories of your loved one and finding new ways to celebrate their life, you can navigate the holidays with a sense resilience and hope.

Contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help you with the funeral arrangements.
Matthew Mears
Funeral Director at Ford Mears Farnborough