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Managing Grief During Christmas: 7 Suggestions From a Therapist

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Losing a loved one is never easy, and it can be especially difficult during Christmas time, which is often associated with family and happy memories. If it is your first Christmas without your loved one, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and sad.

However, there are ways to manage grief and honor your loved one's memory during the holiday season. In this blog post, we will provide 7 suggestions to help you manage the grief and find comfort during the Christmas season.

7 Suggestions for Managing Grief During Christmas

Share Memories with others

One way to honor your loved one's memory and cope with grief is to share memories with others who knew them. It is a way to keep their memory alive, and it can also be a comforting and meaningful way to connect with others who are also grieving. You can share photos, stories, or create a special ornament or decoration to honor them.

Create New Traditions

Often, Christmas is associated with certain activities or traditions that you shared with your loved one. Creating new traditions can be a way to honor their memory while also making new memories. This may include volunteering, making homemade ornaments, or participating in a charity event.

Take time for Self-Care

During the holiday season, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the stress of planning and shopping. It is important to take care of yourself and make time for self-care. This may include taking a relaxing bath, reading a favorite book, or spending quality time with your pet.

Seek Support

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It is important to seek support from friends, family, or a therapist. It is a way to express your feelings and find comfort in a safe and supportive environment.

If you are struggling with grief or depression, it is important to seek help for yourself or your loved one.

Remember your loved one

It may be challenging to think about your loved one during the holidays, but it can also bring a sense of comfort and closeness. You can light a candle, place a special picture or item on the mantle, or create a special memorial ornament. It is a way to acknowledge their memory and remind yourself that they are still with you in spirit.

Find ways to give back

Another way to honor your loved one's memory is through giving back. This may include volunteering, making a donation to a charity in their name, or taking part in a fundraising event. It may be a way to create a legacy for your loved one and find meaning during the holidays.

Take things one step at a time

Finally, it is important to take things one step at a time and not be too hard on yourself. Grief is a challenging and emotional process, and it takes time to find a new normal. Be patient with yourself and remember to take it one moment at a time.

What to do if Grief Turns into Something More

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If you or your child is struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other challenges, Katy Teen & Family Counseling is here to help. Our experienced therapists specialize in counseling for teenagers, young adult therapy, family therapy, and more.

We are located in Katy, Texas and have over 70+ years of combined experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one.

National Trends suggest that there has been an increase in mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD, among others. It is important to seek help when it is needed and not be afraid to ask for support.

We hope these suggestions will help you or your loved one during the holiday season and beyond.

Katy Teen & Family Counseling: 70+ Years of Combined Experience in Teen Therapy & Young Adult Counseling Katy, TX & Houston

While Christmas time and the Holidays can be emotionally challenging during the Holidays without a loved one, there are ways to manage the challenging emotions around the loss.

We also have our Sugar Land location. Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling is located in Sugar Land, TX. We are conveniently located off of US 90 and Dairy Ashford Road.

At our Katy, TX location, we have therapists with evening hours available. If you are ready to meet with one of our teen counselors or young adult therapists, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:

  1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling

  2. Talk with one of our caring therapists 

  3. Begin the healing process today!

Other Therapy and Counseling Services Offered at Katy Teen & Family Counseling

At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we provide a variety of therapy approaches that are supported by research and shown to be effective. Some of the teen therapy and young adult counseling we offer are:

Board Certified Neurofeedback Therapy

Peak performance (optimal academic brain performance)

Peak performance (optimal athletic brain performance)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)

Group Therapy for Teens

Body Image

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling

Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling can be very effective. The secret ingredient to success is each person willing to look at themselves and work to do things differently, together.

When a marriage counselor or couples therapist has this to work with, the success rate can be very high.

Sometimes life will throw challenges at us that create situations that put strain on our marriage or relationship. It may be due to:

  • Choices and actions that have been made by one partner.

  • Financial downturn in the economy creating financial strain.

  • Feeling like you're growing apart.

  • Feeling like you don't have as much in common as you used to.

Whatever the reason may be, marriage counseling and couples therapy can help. Couples therapy and marriage counseling has also been found to work in less time than individual therapy.

If you've worked hard for this relationship and find that there are now barriers in the way of maintaining a healthy relationship, contact us at Katy Teen & Family Counseling. 

About the Author

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Jason Drake is a Licensed Clinical Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Board Certified in Neurofeedback, EMDR trained, and a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics. He has provided therapy to teens, young adults, and families since 2003 and is the Owner & Lead Clinician at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, Sugar Land Teen & family Counseling, and Katy Counseling for Men. 

He specializes in leading teams of high performing therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, counseling young adults, and family counseling.

Jason is also a leader in the field of teen, young adult, and family counseling providing expert coaching and technical assistance to teen Residential Treatment Centers across the country.

Jason is also a regular contributor to various magazines and publications lending his expertise to various mental health related topics. You can check these articles out on our "Featured Articles" service page on our website.

He has also been a guest on Fox 26 Houston and on a podcast, "Grow a Group Practice" with Alison Pidgeon.

If you are ready to start teen counseling or young adult therapy call, text, or email us today!

Phone Number: 281-519-6364

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