Managing grief through the winter season

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While the loss of a loved one is difficult during any season, coping with grief can be especially trying during the winter. During the winter months and holidays, you may be reminded of special times that you shared with your loved one. In addition, the chilly weather and busy schedules that are associated with winter may seem like they only serve to heighten your sense of mourning. If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, here are some tips to help you manage grief through the winter season.

Listen to your needs

Only you know what will be right and appropriate for your needs. During the winter months and holidays, choose to participate in events and traditions that you feel ready for. If spending time with friends and family feels like too much of an obligation, be sure to give yourself space and time to mourn.

Practice self-acceptance

During the grieving process, you may experience unexpected emotions and feelings. When you are grieving during the winter months, be sure to acknowledge all of the feelings that come your way. By staying present with yourself during this emotional time, you may find that you are able to reach a place of healing and acceptance.

Reach out to friends and family

When you are managing grief during the winter season, it is important to reach out to your family and friends. Even a simple phone call on a cold winter day may help to brighten your mood. In addition, you may want to share special memories about your loved one who has passed away.

If you are struggling with feelings of grief this winter season, please reach out to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home for information on grief resources that are available in our community. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home provides the Naperville and Plainfield areas with a complete range of funeral, cremation and mortuary services. To connect with Friedrich-Jones, visit them online or call 630-355-0213.

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