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For anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, the pandemic was just one difficult situation to experience during the holiday season. Now we face a new year that will be different than any other.

Based on our own experience serving families who share what you may be feeling now, here is some advice to consider as you approach 2021.

With the rush of the holiday season behind us, it may be good to spend some time focusing on others. Being a good neighbor can be rewarding in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. Perhaps your loved one had special interests and doing something good and helpful becomes a tribute to his or her memory.

Think about what your loved one would want for you. Write it down and figure out a way to pursue it. By following through, it becomes a source of satisfaction for you, and a tribute to your loved one at the same time.

Be good to yourself physically. Not all of us are ready to jump into an all-out fitness New Year’s resolution, but a manageable activity like a walk around the neighborhood can be a source of relaxation and physical well-being at the same time.

There are local grief support groups you can find online or ask us for referrals. You should not face this alone when there is help available.

We cover more advice about grief in a section of the Christman’s Chronicles book. Please ask for a copy.

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