Coping with Grief During the Holidays

by Karen Nielsen
Nov/Dec 2016
Coping with Grief During the Holidays
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When employees need to talk, Danny Mize (above, left) is there to listen. It’s his job at Street Toyota. General Manager Mike Good brought him on board as an employee to support other employees. Photo by Rex Curry
The holidays are a time when any kind of loss—death, marriage or life changes—is heightened and raw.

In his role as staff support, Danny Mize recognizes that those with a broken heart often don’t feel like celebrating. In fact, the four-month stretch from November through February brings the challenge of several holidays.

Grief can cause people to withdraw, feel sorry for themselves and lack concentration.

“When you feel frustrated and tense, it can affect job performance,” he says.

He offers some tips to cope with grief during the holidays:
  • Plan ahead
  • Be prepared to be flexible
  • Be easy on yourself
  • Give yourself what you need and ask for help
  • Do something for others
  • Be prepared to begin some new traditions
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