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Advice for anyone who is grieving this Christmas

At St Oswald’s we know that Christmas can be a difficult time of year, whether your loved one has died this year, or you were bereaved some time ago. Ahead of Christmas we spoke to our Bereavement Team, who wanted to share some advice for anyone who is grieving. Brenda Clayton, Beth Gregan and Sarah Beaumont, who make up our Bereavement Team, said:

Despite what many people might think, there’s no right or wrong way to grieve and it’s unique to everyone. We often find that people worry that they need to celebrate over the festive period but it’s OK not to, or to ask for help from loved ones if you need it.

You might find the below advice helpful this Christmas.

  • Be open and honest: Speak to friends, family and loved ones about how you feel and what you’d like to do over Christmas.
  • Don’t feel like you have to do something just because it’s Christmas: Sometimes people feel like that they have to do something extra special but don’t be afraid to turn down invites to festive activities.
  • Talk about special memories: You might find it helpful to talk about the person who has died and special memories that you have of that person.
  • Most importantly, look after yourself: Recognise what is right for you and your loved ones, and remember it’s OK to be upset.


Best wishes from, 

Brenda, Beth and Sarah