How to Cope During Your First Holiday Without a Loved One

markwell funeral homes grief supportFor many people, the upcoming holiday season is something they look forward to, especially the prospect of getting together with family and friends.  

But for people just experiencing the loss of a loved one, the impending holidays can conjure up feelings of dread. This will be the first Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and other special events related to the season without someone who always made the occasion so memorable.  

These people are not alone. Here are some important tips to remember when it comes to enduring your first holiday without a loved one.  

  1. Ask yourself what the deceased would have wanted you to do. Many times, family members and friends feel guilty for putting up decorations and celebrating the season. But grief experts say it’s important to ask yourself what the deceased would have wanted. If they were someone who truly loved you, they’d want you to enjoy yourself during this special time of year.  
  2. Honor the deceased in your own unique way. Just because they are gone doesn’t mean they don’t live on. Writer Donna Mebane suggests making the deceased’s favorite meal or sending gifts to loved ones that commemorate the one who has passed.  
  3. Find a support group. You’re definitely not alone during this difficult time. Markwell and Greenwell funeral homes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for assistance. We can also help put you in contact with local support groups.  


The first holiday without your loved one is always the hardest. Don’t expect too much of yourself during this time. Instead, remember that your loved one would want you to enjoy yourself, so don’t feel guilty for experiencing feelings of both grief and joy.  

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