How to Cope with Grief during special dates

How can someone celebrate ThanksgivingChristmasHanukkah, or any other special occasion like birthdays or anniversaries while grieving the death of a spouse, a parent, a child, a close friend? How can we act normal when we feel drowning in sorrow?

The Merriam-webster dictionary defines grief as an intense mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.” Agony, anguish, heartache, heartbreak, despair are just a few words that can convey the wide range of emotions anyone can feel while grieving. According to, “grief” is the acute pain that accompanies loss.

The unimaginable grief and pain experienced after losing a loved one can seem devastating at any time during anyone’s life. Still, the burden and pressure of pain can escalate when one has to live through this challenging experience during the holidays season.

Here are 11 tips how to cope with grief and the holidays.

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