Chapter 1: Triggers of grief
Special events and days
There may be certain days or events that are difficult to get through such as an anniversary or holiday. If you find yourself replaying memories of the illness or death, recognize that this is a natural process as you try to come to terms with what has happened.
The days before an event are often harder than the event itself. While the anniversary of a death will likely not be easy, the weeks leading up to it may be filled with more worry and anxiety.
Many grieving people find the December holidays to be especially difficult. Instead of overworking yourself making a traditional family meal, it is okay to go to a restaurant or order a pizza and make the best of it.
Think about how to make the day easier for yourself. Create options by getting help from friends and family.