Dealing with grief during the holiday season

While coping with grief or the loss of a loved one is always a day-to-day challenge, it can pose a bigger challenge during the holidays.

The holidays are often thought of as a joyful time of the year, filled with sights and sounds of seasonal cheer. But for people trying to cope with the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time.

It’s not just recent losses. During the holidays, feelings of grief can seem fresh, even if a loved one died years ago.

Rev. Paddy Mockler, pastor of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, has some encouraging words for those suffering and have asked how they will be able to make it through the holidays. “The first thing I would say to someone who lost a loved one is remember where they are. They are having their first Christmas with Jesus. If Heaven is half as good as the Bible says, they should be very happy.”

Gathering together with friends and family can only emphasize the absence of a deceased loved one. However, there are some things you can do to help yourself or a loved one through this difficult time. Gulfport Behavioral Health Program Therapist Charlotte Terrell said, “For those of you that are experiencing loss focus on that person’s memory, all of the good things that they would want you to live for and enjoy.”

Terrell has been a therapist for over 25 years and tells News 25 this is her busiest time of year when it comes to helping patients with grief. “It does get better and there is hope. Plan for the future. Live in the right now. There are so many wonderful things we can be thankful for.”

If you need help, call Gulfport Behavioral Health at 800-831-1700 or schedule an appointment with Father Paddy at 228-365-1035.

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