Emotional and Mental
Grief Series: How Do I Handle Special Days?Published: July 1, 2022
The anticipation of certain days of the year tends to cause an increase in emotions after the death of a loved one. Some of those days include the obvious such as the anniversary of their death, birthday, wedding anniversary, and holidays. For some, it may be the opening day of baseball season, the first hunting weekend of the year, or that quilt show you always attended together. The thought of spending that special day without him by your side seems undoable.
But, with a little planning, you can find a way to handle that day and even possibly get some enjoyment out of it:
- Do you want to spend that day with others? Contact those people ahead of time and let them know you would like to be with them on that day so they can plan accordingly.
- Do you want to spend that day alone? Make those close to you aware of your wishes. Perhaps you can set aside a certain time of the day when you plan to be alone and not reachable to others.
- Do something to honor your loved one on that day. Bring home-baked goodies to the local fire station. Give away a couple of baseball game tickets to a friend and his dad. Love on some animals at the shelter. Donate books to an assisted living center. Bring material to her quilting group. Focus on spreading your loved one’s love/interests/name on to others.
- Talk about her. Let others know they can talk to you about her on that special day as well. Avoiding the acknowledgement of that day tends to make the day much more difficult to process.
- Focus on celebrating his life.
- Decide ahead of time which traditions you would like to keep. Did you always go to a certain restaurant for your anniversary? Will you still have German chocolate cake for his birthday treat?
- Decide ahead of time what traditions you would like to begin. Will you go to the cemetery together as a family? Will you spend time on that day looking at photos and reminiscing? Would this be a good time to go away on a trip?
Written by Amy Monzingo, MS, LMHP, LMHC, Best Care EAP counselor, the 12-part Grief Series deals with all kinds off issues individuals go through on their grief journey. Whatever the cause of your grief, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss and eventually move on with your life.
- Part 1: I'm Suffering From Heartache
- Part 2: My Caregiver Role is Over, Now What?
- Part 3: I Don't Want to Talk to Anyone
- Part 4: I Am So Angry
- Part 5: I Can't Imagine the Holidays Now That My Loved One is Gone
- Part 6: How Do I Get Past the Guilt?
- Part 7: I Still Talk to My Loved One
- Part 8: Memories are Painful
- Part 9: People Think I Should Be Grieving Faster Than I Am
- Part 10: What Do I Do With My Loved One's Things?
- Part 11: What Stage of Grief Am I In?
- Part 12: How Do I Handle Special Days?