HealthWatch--Dealing with grief during the holidays

The holidays are a time for celebration for many -- but for those who have just lost a loved one, it can be a tough time of year. Dr. Nancy Babbitt has some advice for anyone dealing with grief.

Dr. Nancy Babbitt says, " The holiday season is a joyous time but for families that have experienced a death of a close friend or loved one. This can be an especially difficult time of the year to get through. So I want to talk a little bit about approaches to grief and grieving and hopefully find ways that can be helpful. If you are experiencing the challenge of living life without your loved one. Although death is a normal part of life, grieving this time of year especially is very painful. First understanding there is no right way to grieve can be a first step towards helping you go through this healing process. Learning about grief can be helpful and there are many articles and books and grief counselors available to help you understand grieving and the grieving process. You can learn how to overcome feelings of guilt especially if you didn't get to say goodbye to your loved one. Find specific and meaningful ways to honor their memory. And also learn how to have a simple daily schedule and practice relaxation techniques to help give relief from your grieving. When you actively learn about and understand your grief you can often come through grief with a greater confidence that you are able to handle life's sorrows. You can tap into strengths that you may not have known you had. You can have an opportunity to deepen your relationships with friends and family that are still living. If you are struggling with grief especially during the holiday season make sure you talk to your family doctor. This is Dr. Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic."