It's the most wonderful time of the year, but for those grieving, it can be challenging

Kimberly Adams
November 29, 2018 - 5:32 pm
The holiday season is in full swing with a flurry of activity, but if you've lost a loved one, it can be difficult to find your joy.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The holiday season is in full swing with a flurry of activity, but if you've lost a loved one, it can be difficult to find your joy. 

"This time of year can exacerbate the good memories and the hard memories," said Penn Medicine clinical psychologist Thea Gallagher.

And because of that, Gallagher says people experience a flood of emotions around this time, and it can be especially difficult if you've loss a loved one, whether it was yesterday or years ago. 

"You see an increase in stress, anxiety, worry, fatigue," she said. 

It's important to reign in those feelings before it gets overwhelming.   

"The more that they give time to some of these uncomfortable feelings the better they feel in the long run and the shorter that these feelings last," she advised. 

Remembering what that person enjoyed around the holidays can also bring you comfort.
 
"People carry on traditions they know that person enjoyed or had created themselves," she said. 

And by being kind to yourself, Gallagher says you are honoring that person.