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For those experiencing grief, the holidays can be a difficult time of the year. You may feel angry when you see others celebrating or you may feel deep sadness when finding a gift that would have been perfect for the loved one who has died.

Our HopeWest Adult Bereavement Counselors, shared a few tips to make handling the holidays a little easier:

Embrace emotions: This may allow you to better address these feelings and with time, the pain will ease.

Recognize the holidays will be different: The best thing you can do is to remember you have right to celebrate the holidays differently.

Prioritize self-care: Taking time for yourself is especially important in stressful situations. Schedule time alone and be ready to take a “time out” when you need a break. Listen to music, pamper yourself, take a hot bath, write in a journal or just sit quietly reminiscing about your loved one.

Honor your loved one: Consider ways to honor the memory of your loved one during holiday celebrations. Prepare your loved one’s favorite meal and share it with friends and family, visit the cemetery or another special place, or consider donating to a local charity in your loved one’s memory.

If you’re finding that you could use some support through this time, or you know someone who could, HopeWest offers comprehensive grief support services to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

HopeWest invites any adult experiencing grief to a free information session that provides ideas for self-care, new traditions and memorializing your loved one during a Handling the Holidays session near you.

Grand Junction: Wednesday, December 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the HopeWest Care Center, room 102.

Montrose: Wednesday, November 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the HopeWest Office in Montrose.

Delta: Tuesday, November 13 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at The Hive in Paonia or a session for the family on Thursday November 15 at the HopeWest office in Delta.

Meeker: Monday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW building located at 290 4th Street, on the corner of Main Street and 4th Street in Meeker.

For more information call (970) 248-8844 or email AdultSupport@HopeWestCO.org.