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Dealing with bereavement at Christmas

Dealing with bereavement at Christmas

Are you one of the millions of people coping with a bereavement? It’s tough at any time of year, but particularly poignant at Christmas when families feel the loss of a loved one the most.

Our thoughts turned to the subject here at UKMums.TV following the devastating news of the suspected terror attack in Berlin in which a lorry ploughed into a Christmas market. At the time of writing, 12 people were killed and a further 48 have been injured in the horror tragedy that’s being treating as a ‘probable terrorist attack’. German police are questioning a suspect who’s believed to be an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker.

We think of the victims who were innocently shopping, filled with the joys of the festivities only to have their lives cut short so horrendously, and we also think of their families who are now struggling to come to terms with sudden loss at this time of year.

If you’re feeling bereaved, the charity Cruse Bereavement Care has advice to help those feeling the loss of a loved one at this time of year. The charity says you should to plan ahead and decide what’s best for your family for Christmas Day, whether that’s doing something different on the day itself, or continuing for the sake of children. Also, do something to remember the loved one, whether that’s visiting their grave or a place that was special to them, or carrying on a favourite Christmas tradition of theirs, and look after yourself by keeping regular patterns of eating and sleeping.

The important thing to remember is there is no right or wrong way to grieve.

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