Supporting YOURSELF and your loved ones this Holiday Season

December 3, 2018 9:02 am

The holidays, although filled with family, friends and celebration, can be a stressful time of year under usual circumstances. But when you are managing grief, it can be particularly challenging.
Many of our members hold services during this time of year to provide their families an opportunity to acknowledge their loved ones.

This holiday season, take the time to acknowledge any grief in your life and use these tips to support yourself and loved ones:

Acknowledge

Acknowledge that the holidays will be different and they may be emotionally difficult.

Remember

Remember those you have lost. It is important to acknowledge that a friend or loved one is struggling. Encourage memories and value the explorations of friendship they bring. Perhaps, pull out old photo albums and spend some time in the holidays looking at photos.

Communicate

Active listening from friends and family is an important step to helping someone coping with grief or overwhelming feelings of loss as well as taking advantage of fleeting time.

  • Be honest. Tell people what you do want to do for the holidays and what you do not want to do.
  • Listen to yourself, trust yourself, communicate with your family, and do what works for you.

You can find more of these tips on the Palliative Care Australia Website

Also don’t be afraid to reach out during the holiday season.
You are not alone, there are a lot of services available during this time.

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement: 1800 642 066
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/who-can-assist
  • Carers Australia: 1800 242 636
  • Government social worker: 132 850
  • Lifeline (24/7): 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline (24/7): 1800 55 1800
  • Parentline: 1300 30 1300
  • Mensline (24/7): 1300 78 99 78
  • Sids and Kids Bereavement Support Line for parents who have lost a child (24/7): 1300 308 307