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At Home Elder Care Helps You To Enjoy The Holidays In Chicagoland, IL
Dec 20, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
Learn how at home elder care in Chicagoland, IL can help you to make the most of the holidays even if you are coping with loss.
There are numerous things that can trigger grief. For many seniors, these triggers can increase dramatically during the holiday season. Even beloved traditions such as holiday shopping and decorating can cause grief to resurface. While the holidays may be challenging to navigate while coping with loss, they are not impossible. Consider these tips from Comfort Keepers’ at home elder care:
- Identify the events and traditions that are likely to bring grief back to the surface. Identification will not make things go away, but knowing that emotions may be high gives you the power to make choices in advance.
- Give yourself permission to grieve. If something does cause emotions to rise, remember that there is nothing wrong with that. There is no right way to grieve, and there is no right amount of time to grieve. After all, grieving may not be pleasant, but it is a normal and healthy part of the healing process.
- Communicate with loved ones. Let family and friends know what events, traditions, or activities may be difficult for you. Not only can they help support you emotionally, but it will help them understand why you do not want to do certain things, head off to bed early, or spend a bit of time alone.
- Consider new traditions. Many seniors find that keeping special traditions as memories and creating new traditions 'in memory' can help them move on during the holidays. Consider creating traditions that honor your loved one such as volunteering, donating time or money, or doing something they were passionate about.
- Stay active. The temptation may be to isolate yourself during the holidays and avoid the season altogether. This is not healthy. Instead, get out and breathe the fresh air, take a drive, or even focus on the food you are eating. Exercising and eating healthy are great ways to keep the body fit while distracting the brain from holiday grief. If you need help getting out and about, Comfort Keepers’ at home elder care providers are ready to assist as needed.
For more information about coping with loss during the holidays or to learn more about the many ways that Comfort Keepers’ at home elder care can provide essential companionship, safety, and homemaking support, contact a care coordinator today.
Comfort Keepers of Chicagoland, IL serves the surrounding areas:
Lombard, Mount Prospect, Willowbrook, Addison, Downers Grove, Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Berkeley, Oak Brook, Bloomingdale, Carol Steam, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Villa Park, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Lisle, Darien, Willow Springs, Brookfield, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, La Grange, La Grange Park, Riverside, Western Springs, Westmont, River Grove, River Forest, Chicago and Elmwood Park.