Summer is a time of excitement for most children and young people as they look forward to the long school break. However, this season can be particularly challenging for those who have loved ones in hospice care or are dealing with a progressive illness. For families who have recently lost a loved one, the joy of summer might feel like a transgression in their anticipated grieving.

Grief and bereavement are natural processes that can be difficult to navigate, especially when facing the loss of someone you love. That’s why hospice care includes bereavement support as an essential component of the service. While summer brings many activities to enjoy, such as camping, outdoor activities, swimming, flowers, and the company of loved ones, it can also be a difficult time for those experiencing loss and grief.

An unexpected wave of emotions

At times, even the smallest things can trigger a memory and cause us to experience any of the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Summer is typically a season for unwinding and savoring the great outdoors. However, it can be challenging to balance the desire to have fun with loved ones while also acknowledging grief and bereavement. It’s crucial to discover effective methods of managing these conflicting emotions.

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How to deal with grief during the summertime

It’s understandable that people who are suffering, including children, may feel sad even when those around them are happy and enjoying themselves. This can be especially difficult during pleasant seasons like summer when the expectation is to have fun and be happy. Here are some suggestions to assist those who are dealing with grief during the summer months:

  • Talk about your feelings with someone you trust
  • Do not let others determine how you should feel
  • Find loving ways to honor your bereavement process
  • Stay active, exercise, or meditate in a way that makes you feel better
  • Remind yourself and your loved ones that it is OK to have fun and enjoy life
  • Look for help if you need it

It is vital to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Strive to do your best, and don’t feel obligated to do more than that. Nature has the power to bring comfort and a sense of connection with our spirituality and departed loved ones, no matter the season. Embracing the weather and communal celebrations can provide a healing balm for the soul and alleviate grief.

At Ascend Hospice Care, we host a variety of bereavement support for our community members. So please, feel free to call us regarding summer grief or any other concerns.

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