Sadly, a recent death in the family prompted me to think about how the upcoming holidays are going to be a challenging time for many. There are so many things that can trigger grief at Christmas - an empty chair, a different person carving the roast, a loved one’s favourite Christmas carol. Dealing with your own grief is difficult enough but parenting a grieving child adds additional strain.
How you as a grieving parent can help yourself AND your family
How to help children process their feelings of loss
Getting through this holiday period may seem like an impossible task. But each day will come and each day will pass, and focusing on the present moment may help you from feeling too overwhelmed with thinking about what is ahead. There are people who want to help you – please ask and accept!