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Dealing with grief in the new year
Jan 17, 2023
“If you feel inspired to use the new year to help you reset or change habits: great. And yet, the old you has survived every terrible day, every hard thing, every awful circumstance, and every heartbreak you’ve ever felt. The old you is a fighter, and that’s worth celebrating.” — Emily McDowell
You have survived the holidays. The passage of time with the ringing in of a new year can sometimes highlight all that we have lost and are grieving. For some this may feel like a huge milestone or a new beginning. It may call attention to the fact that no new memories will be made with our loved ones who have died.
Given that what has been lost cannot be restored, what do you want for yourself in this coming year? Is there anything that can be released and left behind? Any changes you’d like to make that might ease your load, even just slightly?
One thing we encourage is to go easy on yourself. Try not to set a timeline for when you should be over grief. Do not feel pressure because another year has passed. Maybe you have a hobby or activity that once brought you pleasure or comfort that you might like to revisit. This could also be a time to try something new. Though your loved one is no longer here physically, they are still a part of you and no passage of time will change that. Plan ways to remember them. Continue to take what you have learned from them to navigate life.
Have you been thinking for a while that you might want to seek out a support group either by yourself or with your family members? Resolve to take the first steps. Lory’s Place can help you with that resolution.
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Wishing you moments of peace, comfort, and joy,
The Lory’s Place Team