Our primary mission is to care for our client families before, during, and after a loss has occurred. Being so involved with you in three distinct areas is what sets Dewhirst Family Funeral Homes apart from all the rest. As complete Funeral Care Advisors, we specialize in creating unique tributes, ceremonies and celebrations of life. We also offer advanced planning and post funeral care services, as well as seminars on the entire funeral planning process for your group or organization. A rich tradition of compassionate care at Dewhirst Family Funeral Homes means that we will always engage in our most important job: taking care of you and your family.
Managing Grief During the Holidays
The holidays are a busy time, full of joyful gatherings of family and friends, a time of reflection and fond memories. But for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, the holidays can seem much more daunting, especially stressful and lonely.
While it may be a struggle, there are things that can be done to ease the grief and make coping less difficult. We offer the following suggestions for the bereaved to help them better cope with the holiday season:
Take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Don't be afraid to set limits. The holiday season is busy enough that it can exhaust anyone, but if you are shouldering an extra burden of grief, it only makes it more unappealing. Get enough sleep, eat well, and take time out for yourself. Think about what family traditions you want to take part in, and what may be too much, and don't be afraid to say no to activities that may overwhelm you.
Share your memories with others. Speaking about your loved ones and sharing remembrances can often help alleviate some of the pain of the season. If it helps, take part in a memorial or remembrance service at your local place of worship or family funeral home. Spending time with others who understand what you're going through is often a great source of comfort.
Above all, do what's right for you. Your family and friends care about you, and will likely offer advice about what they think is best for the grieving process. Don't forget to do what feels most comfortable for you. If volunteering at a local hospital or food pantry helps you heal, then seek out opportunities in the community. If stepping back from a more active role in your family's celebratory activities is the best way, let them know. It is perfectly natural to need time and space to honor your feelings, and the memory of your loved one. But don't forget to seek out your family and friends for support. You are not alone.
For additional information, please contact the office staff for updated listings of holiday aftercare programs. We are here to help.
The Dewhirst Funeral Home is proud to introduce our Community Connections Newsletter! As many of you know, Dewhirst Family Funeral Homes have been serving the Merrimack Valley for over 60 years. During this time our community has grown significantly and it is not as easy to stay connected with those whose opinions, information, and counsel we rely on. Community Connections is our quarterly newsletter that we trust will keep us connected and will provide us with opportunities to share information and valuable resources...Read more
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