Grief counselors and therapists agree that there isn't a right or wrong way to celebrate the holiday season after the loss of a loved one.
Since most holiday traditions center around time spent with friends and family, it can make the loss of a loved one feel even more magnified. The first time the holiday season comes around after a loved one passes it is likely you will have many unexpected feelings and emotions.
The first thing to do is to simply acknowledge that the holidays are going to be tough.
There is no way to get around it. If you try to hide your feelings or bury them you will only make yourself feel worse.
However, there are coping strategies that can help ease the pain. And friends and family members can take steps to support those in mourning.