Home > Mental health > News Updated 09 December 2013 Coping with grief during the holiday season The holidays can be a time of sadness and grief for those who have lost a loved one, but there are things people can do to ease those feelings, an expert advises. 1 iStock Related What to do when someone dies Children and grief An excess of grief Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke The holidays can be a time of sadness and grief for those who have lost a loved one, but there are things people can do to ease those feelings, an expert advises."Personal issues don't magically go away because the calendar turns to November or December. Problems with relationships, jobs, finances or health can take on enhanced importance during the supposedly 'merry' holiday period," Josh Klapow, an associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, said in a university news release."The death of a loved one during the holidays can trigger strong feelings, even if the death occurred several years ago," he noted. "In the case of someone who died recently, the holidays can take on a whole new meaning for their family and friends."Tips to help you copeKlapow offered four ways to ease feelings of grief and sadness during the holidays:• Don't expect this holiday season to be the same as those in the past. This might lead to disappointment. It is better to celebrate and grieve at your own pace.• It is normal to sometimes become overwhelmed with emotions. If you worry about feeling sad at holiday gatherings, try to allow yourself to grieve and maybe cry before going out. It might make it easier to get through such occasions if your emotions have been released beforehand.• Do not feel obligated to attend events that do not appeal to you. It is important to accept support from family and friends, but you should not over-commit yourself. It is best to give yourself some time alone but avoid becoming isolated.• If faith is important to you, try to spend some time with like-minded people. They will often share your desire to pray and talk about common beliefs.More informationThe US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention offers holiday health and safety tips. NEXT ON HEALTH24X 'The plane is going to crash': Anxiety aboard flight SAA 323 2017-10-17 07:45 More: Mental healthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News Husband abandons wife after she is diagnosed with cancer Medical Listeriosis kills 5 in drought-stricken Western Cape News SA's 7 biggest health stories of 2017 Diet and nutrition Is your water hydrating you? Fitness 5 ways to save your knees and joints News 'Practice self-control this festive season' From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.