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How to Navigate Grief During the Holiday Season?

 A Compassionate Approach to Navigating Grief in the Holiday Season


December has unfolded, ushering in the official holiday season. For many, it's a magical time eagerly anticipated. Yet, for some, it's an emotionally overwhelming period, particularly for those who've recently lost a loved one. If you find yourself in this category, I invite you to delve into this post, where we'll discuss how to navigate grief during the holiday season. 


Embracing the Holiday Season After Loss

If you've lost a beloved person this year and find yourself still mourning, you may have faced thoughts of navigating the upcoming holidays without them since the leaves started falling in autumn. It's normal, and many share similar feelings in your situation. The pre-holiday period is often the most challenging, filled with tension and fear about how you'll cope during the festivities. The sight of joyful people, beautifully decorated homes, or Christmas carols might exacerbate your emotions. This, too, is a normal response to your pain. 

Constant awareness of your emotions and allowing yourself to feel them is crucial. How to feel emotions deeply? We explored this topic two weeks ago in a post titled "Can Embracing and Understanding Our Emotions Transform Our Spiritual Journey."

The worst thing you can do is run from, suppress, or drown your emotions in alcohol, drugs, sedatives, or constant material purchases to lift your mood.


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It's akin to ignoring a wound that keeps bleeding, demanding our care while we neglect it. Unfortunately, an ignored wound doesn't heal and continually reminds us of its existence. Sometimes, our emotional wounds from losing a loved one linger for years because we haven't tended to them. We heeded others' advice to quickly pull ourselves together because other responsibilities awaited us.


Tailoring the Holiday Experience to Your Needs

If you're not up for holiday festivities, you don't have to attend. Allow yourself to experience the first holidays after losing a loved one in a way that feels right for you. If you feel like crying, let the tears flow; if you sense anger, allow it to surface. If you don't want to cook, don't. If you prefer not to meet with family, don't force yourself. Live your emotions deeply, ensuring that the following holidays will be much more positive.

As mentioned earlier, some people prefer not to feel their emotions. This aversion makes every upcoming holiday season an ordeal for them. Some consciously resist accepting the loss of a loved one, fighting against acknowledging the present moment. This not only causes suffering for them but sometimes for entire families, as their pain reflects in daily behavior. It's worth mentioning that this negatively impacts the departed person as well. Imagine how you would feel after death, seeing your family constantly grieving, unable to cope, or being angry. Would you rest in peace? It could significantly complicate life on the other side, potentially leading to a spirit possession of one of its members.


Prolonged Grief and Moving Forward

Occasionally, we receive calls from individuals mourning a deceased loved one, which is entirely normal. However, when we inquire about the time of the passing, we may hear answers like 10, 15, or even 20 years ago, but their conversation implies as if it happened a few days or weeks ago. Grieving must be experienced deeply, but it has to end at some point. Eventually, we must reconcile with the departure of a loved one and return to daily life.

The duration of our grief largely depends on how much we know about death and life after death. Lack of awareness in this area instills tremendous fear. There are many wonderful books on this subject, such as "Know the Truth and Be Free." I encourage you to delve deeper into this topic, despite its discomfort or even terror, as no one escapes death.

The more you know about death and life after death, the less you'll fear it. The loss of another beloved person will hurt much less, perhaps not at all. I sincerely wish this for you!



About the Author:

Marianna oversees the daily operations of The Dr. Wanda Pratnicka Center, skillfully advising staff members on guiding clients through the spirit removal process. Her efforts extend beyond management; she is dedicated to raising awareness about the phenomenon of spirit possession, utilizing various platforms including events, books, and digital media. In her leisure time, Marianna delights in gardening, immerses herself in reading, and explores new natural wonders.


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