The holiday season can be difficult to navigate when a loved one is no longer here. At times, I imagine the only thing one can do is make the most of the season by making sure other loved ones are enjoying themselves. In my experience, when I am feeling down I try to maintain the status quo until I can find space and time to focus on healing. I encourage you to set aside time and space during the holiday season to rejuvenate. Acknowledge the pain of not having him with you during this time and be sure that acknowledgement turns into healing actions.
Some of those healing actions can include the following:
Ultimately, pay attention to yourself and take action to continue the healing journey during the holiday season. If you find that you need more help than you can give to yourself here is a list of resources you can use:
The Loveland Foundation
Therapy for Black Women and Girls access and opportunities.
NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M-F, 7 A.M. – 3 P.M. PT for free mental health info, referrals, and support; https://nami.org/Home.
MAAMM Meets: Mothers of AAMM meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday. Sign up here: https://www.mothersofaamminc.org/monthly-meeting-sign-up.html.
NAMI Support Groups: https://nami.org/Support-Education/Support-Groups.
American Association of Suicidology: https://suicidology.org/resources/support-groups/.
We hope your holiday season is peaceful and safe!
Maintaining Mental Health during the Holiday Season (and a Pandemic). NAMI California.