This Christmas is very different for those who have been bereaved. Lucy Coote, who helps lead the Rosedale bereavement support groups in Suffolk, has written some advice that may help over the coming days and weeks.
2020 has been a tough year for the bereaved with restrictions, isolation and loneliness affecting people in different ways. Loss and grief is always difficult, but with Covid-19 it has been so much for people to access the support they need.
Tips to help yourself get through the festive season
•Be honest about how you feel with family and friends: they need to know how you are really feeling, only then can they give you the comfort and support you need.
•Organise or take part in an activity that family and friends can participate in even if you are not together:
oListening to your loved one’s favourite song
oRaising a toast of your loved ones favourite tipple
oLighting a candle at a designated time
•Invite friends and family to a Zoom, Skype or House Party get together on line in memory of the deceased and share memories and funny stories. Giving yourself and others permission to talk about the person who has died can bring about tears but also laughter and can be a great comfort.
•Give yourself and others permission to enjoy Christmas and try not to be self-critical. Be kind to yourself as your loved one would wish.
Remember, at Rosedale we offer year-round Bereavement Support including Grief Chat. Click here more information for what support we can offer across the branches.
On the 19th January 2021 we will be running a group from The Riverside Centre in Bungay. Places are limited to ensure that we are compliant with the new restrictions so please do call Lucy on 07753299925 for more details and to reserve a place.