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Title: Surviving the Holidays after the Loss of a Loved One-Ellen star


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Surviving the Holidays after the Loss of a Loved
One
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2
For most people, the holidays are time of joy,
excitement, and fun spending time with loved ones
and sharing in family traditions. For other
people, who recently experienced the loss of a
loved one, celebrating the holidays can be a sad
time of year. It can be difficult knowing things
are going to be different with your loved one no
longer there.
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You might we wondering if you should put on a
fake smile, or retreat far away from the
festivities, or not even celebrate. You are often
faced with numerous questions and unknowns you
are not sure how you should respond to or feel.
The most important thing you can do, is accept
you are most likely going to experience sadness
and pain.
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4
Sadness and pain signifies how close you were to
your loved one and the things you enjoyed doing
together over the holidays. It is perfectly
acceptable to grieve the loss of your loved one
during the holiday season. People often find it
beneficial to talk to a psychotherapist in
Toronto, like me, Ellen Starr for support
throughout the holidays.
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While your family, friends, and relatives may be
sensitive to your pain, they may not truly
understand the extent of your suffering. Even if
you decide not to put up holiday decorations and
limit the number of events you participate in, it
is hard to completely escape the holidays. You
will see the sights and sounds the holidays all
around you, wherever you go.
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On the other hand, pretending nothing is wrong
and everything will be fine can lead to even
greater stress and unhappiness. Your loved one is
gone and as your prepare to send out holiday
cards, purchase gifts, and plan meals, you will
still need to deal with your loss.
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Having someone to discuss your feelings with
about your loss and how it is going to impact the
holidays can provide insight on what is best for
you and overcoming your grief. It is normal to
experience a wide range of emotions and feelings,
some of which you might have already felt when
you loved one passed.
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Unfortunately, the holidays can cause these
feelings and emotions to resurface and be just as
intense as they were at that time, which could
include   Anxiety Numbness Sadness Fear Depressio
n Guilt Anger
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There may be also times where you feel love, joy,
happiness, and relief. Just remember the range
and extent of your emotions and feelings is
normal. It is also important to avoid drastic
changes during the holidays. Attempting to change
too much, too soon can have negative impacts on
your health and well-being.
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Rather, consider minor alterations that allow you
to reminisce about the happiness you shared with
your loved one, but at the same time start to
pave the way for healing. Above all, remember you
do not have to face the holiday season alone.
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I am here to listen and provide guidance to help
you get through the holiday season without your
loved one. Please feel free to contact my Toronto
psychotherapy office at 416-488-3102 to schedule
your initial consultation today.     Source-
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olidays-loss-loved-one/
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