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Here are some practical ideas

Posted by on Jan. 2, 2009 at 10:39 PM
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1: Don't expect too much from yourself this year.
2: Don't apologize for your feelings or for your tears.
3: Don't be alone. Invite someone over. Try arranging a SHORT visit the first
time. You will probably tire a little easier this year.
4: When you and the family are together remember it is OK to talk about the
happy memories you have about
Christmas's past and your loved one.
5: Don't feel guilty if you are having a good time.
6: During the first year of mourning you will cry for absolutely no particular
reason at all.
7: Visit the grave and take a
poinsettia plant or flowers
8: If you feel up to it volunteer to help with a charity or church activity.
9: Attend a candle light service or Christmas Carol Sing Along.
10: The movies are open on Christmas day so take a box of Kleenex and cry.
11: You may not want to decorate the house for Christmas this year and that
is really ok. Of course if you have young children in the home you may need
to put their needs before your own. And then again you may not be able to
the first Christmas.
12: Don't do Christmas cards this year.
13: Journal. Write down your thoughts and feelings.
14: If you are able to sit and read again then open the Bible to the story of
Jesus Christ our Savior's birth. Read it out loud.
15: Work on a special Scrap book or a Photo Album. It can all be about your
loved one whom you have lost. Put the names and dates of the pictures in a
caption below each picture. Write our your memories and different thoughts
about your family member who has just passed away. You can make another
copy for a gift for another family member to enjoy.
16: Put some Christmas music on and SING.
17: Visit
Annie's Bless Your Heart Page to learn how to take good
care of YOU!
18: Get out your address book and call an old friend on the phone to wish
them a Merry Christmas.
19: Try not to over do it this year.
20: If you normally write a Christmas Letter to put in your Christmas cards
why not choose not to this year. Instead you may want to send one for
Valentines Day or later in the year.
21: Borrow a child and take them shopping for their parents gifts.
22: Don't forget to eat. Some people get headaches when they don't eat.
Have you eaten anything today? Sometimes that can make you feel just
a little off if you don't eat.
23: If you live where there is
snow..........Make a Snow Angel.
24: Consider adopting a pet from your local Humane Society. Here is an
article to read:
Animal magnetism: Pets add touch of home for sick or
bedridden people

by on Jan. 2, 2009 at 10:39 PM
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by on Jan. 3, 2009 at 12:30 AM

I am sure someone in this position will find this helpful. Nice advice.

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