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 When head injuries make life hard, suicide risk goes up 2018-08-28 11:00 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 Medical Losing hair? Blame it on the air Parenting Could bone marrow be the missing piece in the fertility puzzle? News On-site residence facility to keep medical students safe Medical Less than half of HIV-positive teenagers in SA are accessing ARVs Lifestyle Breast tenderness before your period? These pain relief tricks from gynaes might help Medical This faulty gene may help predict heart muscle disease Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.