Is There Room For Grief On Valentine’s Day?

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Just like any other holiday, grieving on Valentine’s Day can be difficult for some. Hold on for those 24 hours and try these tips to get through:

  1. Shut it out. If you can, go ahead and ignore it.  Refuse to look at the candy displays, the roses and cards.  Divert your gaze from the red and pink balloon clusters.  Mute or fast forward through mushy-gushy commercials.
  2. Give in and cry.  On the flip side, if you cannot deny Cupid’s presence on February 14th, let yourself have your reaction.  Cry, sulk, wallow and weep.  If you feel sad that your sweetheart is gone, then let yourself have the healthy reaction and cry.
  3. Consider who else may need a Valentine and try to refocus your attention on making someone else’s day.  Sending flowers, meeting for a meal or even making a simple phone call to a sullen friend may make you both feel better and help you both get through the day.
  4. DRINK!… moderation.  If you’re going to have alcohol, whether to numb the pain or toast to your loved one, enjoy sparingly or you’ll have more reasons to feel poorly later.
  5. Purposely remember.  Go somewhere in honor of your loved one or in memory of Valentine’s Days’ past.  Mark the day, not so much as a celebration, but just to acknowledge what it is and what it means to you now.

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