Bereavement

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Grievers

There are only a few days left in 2022, which means 2023 is right around the corner! As we approach the new year, many of us are beginning to plan our New Year’s Resolutions. Such as saving money, losing weight, making a career change, etc.

One thing that I love about New Year’s Resolutions is that they are about YOU!

You don’t make resolutions for others; you make them for yourself. This allows you to really focus on an aspect of your life that you want to change or improve.

If you experienced a loss during 2022, you may be dreading this upcoming holiday. The idea of moving forward without your loved one can be difficult. However, there is hope.

You can create New Year’s Resolutions that will focus on helping you through your grieving process. It is important to grieve because it allows you to express your emotions, without hiding or being ashamed of them.

Here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Grievers:

  1. Speak your loved one’s name
  2. Spend more time with friends and family
  3. Get out of the house more- join classes, etc.
  4. Volunteer with an organization that your loved one would have supported
  5. Reach out to family you have lost touch with, even if it isn’t easy. 
  6. Get 20 minutes of sunlight and/or fresh air a day.
  7. Start a project memorializing or in memory of your loved one.
  8. Set aside 30 minutes for yourself everyday.
  9. Attend a grief support group, we have a few options!
    • If you are in need of extra support, please join us for our monthly grief support groups. Our In-Person or Virtual Support Groups offer a comfortable and supportive environment, where you’ll find a warm fellowship of people with similar grief experiences. If you have any questions about the support groups, comment below and we will be happy to answer them!
  10. Sign up for our monthly Bereavement Bulletin.
    • Our Bereavement Bulletin provides resources for those who have experienced a loss in their lives. Sign up to receive our monthly Bereavement Bulletin by clicking here.
    • View the December 2022 Bereavement Bulletin by clicking here.

Whatever is right for you, grief resolution or no grief resolution, we hope you find the list of ideas above helpful in thinking about how you will grieve in the new year.

If you were inspired to make a grief-friendly New Year’s Resolutions, share it in the comments below!

Written by: Paige Muttillo | Marketing Manager | Catholic Cemeteries Association

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