surviving the Holiday period

Coping with Xmas in the aftermath of traumatic grief or loss

We all love to spend Xmas with our loved ones - this may include family members we don't see much of at other times. For many of us, Xmas symbolizes a time when we connect and come together to express our caring and love for each other - celebrating our closest relationships. We may look over photo albums together, or have other rituals that help us to remember cherished memories of time together.

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How do you and your partner achieve a balance through the Festive Season?

It's a challenge at the best of times to achieve an optimal state of balance - time for yourself, time as a couple, time to complete paid and unpaid work - and if you have kids, time as a family and ideally some 1:1 time between each child and parent. The festive season adds a few more challenges to maintaining a relational balance, the lead-up to Xmas particularly often feeling like a mad scramble to get everything done and honour commitments to catching up socially with friends, colleagues and extended family.

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What's your Relationship Survival Kit for the Holidays?

We all know how it's meant to look, don't we - catching up with extended family over the Xmas and New Year break. Everyone's happy to see each other, everyone behaves in a pleasant manner and manages not to upset anyone else... If you are fortunate enough to be in this situation, that's great! For many of us though, catching up with family over Xmas and the New Year can be challenging.

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