» The Holiday Blues

Most of us think of the holidays as a happy time. For some people, however, it can be a period of painful reflection, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Feelings of sadness that last throughout the holiday season, usually from November through December, are often referred to as “the holiday blues.” When you’ve lost a loved one, though, this season can leave you feeling more than the holiday blues.

With the impact of COVID restrictions this year, any of us can be prone to a dark holiday season, but the loss of a loved one can make that darkness even more profound. How does one cope with loss during a time of celebration? Elissa Berman, Lifebanc Senior Bereavement Services Counselor, provides thoughtful suggestions for grieving through the holidays.