Coping With Grief at Christmas


Christmas is traditionally considered a time of joy and celebration, and an opportunity to spend time with loved ones. However, for some it can also be a time of reflection and grief, remembering those who have sadly been lost.

National Grief Awareness Week (2-8 December) organised by The Good Grief Trust, aims to normalise speaking about grief and raise awareness. The Mayfair GP, we fully support this campaign, and we want to offer help and support to anyone who is struggling with grief at Christmas, or at any other time.

Create New Traditions

Instead of feeling the pressure to indulge in festive traditions and rituals, give yourself permission to step away if you are finding things too difficult.

Why not consider introducing new traditions in order to remember those that are not there to celebrate with you. This can be done alone or with friends and family.

Holding Space For Loved Ones

Even with the introduction of new traditions, you can still hold a space for the person you have lost. You might find it comforting to incorporate your loved ones into the day by sharing memories, raising a glass or doing something in honour of your loved one.

The most important thing is to listen to yourself and talk to your friends and family about how you are feeling. It is very likely that they are experiencing similar feelings and it’s important to see how you can work together in a way that honours everyone’s wishes.

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Christmas can be a time of isolation for those that live alone. However, wrapping up warmly and getting out of the house for a winter walk can be a great remedy for isolation. Often leaving the house can be the most difficult part of getting out. But it may feel easier if you are accompanied by someone else.

Taking time outside in the fresh air will allow you to take time to simply be present in the moment and could help to relieve some of the anxiety you may be feeling.

Talk to Us

If you are struggling with bereavement, or if you feel anxious about the festive season approaching, then get in touch today. Book a consultation with one of our dedicated healthcare practitioners who will be able to offer help and support during this difficult time.