Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

From Drugs.com - February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 -- While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear.

"Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for some people if they have lost someone special to them. There might be memories that re-emerge that can make someone sad," said Dr. Jin Han. He's an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine's department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, in Houston.

"There are some ways to cope with this to feel better though," Han added.

Being alone is not a good idea, he stressed.

"Isolation can actually lead to feeling more depressed, or it can lead to unnecessary thinking because you are alone with your own thoughts," Han said.

It's good to be with family or friends, or to go to a group or individual therapy session.

"It can be really helpful to talk about your memories of your loved one and to share what you are feeling," Han said. "Some people even go to the cemetery to pay their respects. Doing so actually helps them feel better because they feel that it's a way to let their loved one know that they have not forgotten about them."


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