Whew! You made it. The holidays are over and you got through it! What a relief! You had heard it would be hard without your loved one and yes it was. You find yourself in turmoil. What now? Maybe the relatives and friends have all gone home, the cooking and busyness of the season is behind you. Now what? Perhaps you did all you could to ignore the trees, the lights, the good cheer, left the decorations in their boxes. But yes you got through it. Now what? Perhaps you honored your special person with a decoration on the tree, set a place at the table and assigned others to carve the ham, but still…. You thought you’d feel better now. And yet… and yet… when does it end?
Here we find ourselves in January. A new year. A fresh start. Yes, you did make it through the holidays but there are many more days to come and still more days of grief. You loved hard and loved well so you will grieve hard. But can you grieve well?
So how do you face this New Year without your loved one?
The Elizabeth Hospice offers group, individual and family counseling to our hospice families and to the community at large. You can reach our Bereavement Department at 800-797-2050 x2100.. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for our support.
Kelly Gehlhaar, MSW, ASW, is a Counselor Associate with The Elizabeth Hospice Bereavement Department. She is working towards completing the requirements for her license in clinical social work (LCSW).