Losing a loved one during the holiday season is difficult. When the death is unexpected, the grief that you experience might be enhanced. You will need to try to find ways to work through the grief so that you can move along with the holiday traditions.
One thing that people usually do that can make the holidays more difficult is trying to forget their loved one. This isn't going to help you at all because it forces you try to keep your emotions hidden. This can cause them to bubble up and come out when you don't want them to.
Instead of trying to hide your grief, you can talk about your loved one who passed away. Try to think of the positive memories you have of the person. Ask family members and those who knew your loved one to relay funny stories. This might help to turn your grief around.
Some people opt to have no holiday celebrations at all. This is understandable, especially if you lose your loved one during the holiday season. Of course, you need to make sure that you aren't doing this so you can avoid people. Trying to sit in seclusion can do more harm than good when you are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Another thing that you can do is something special to remember your loved one. This could be a special ceremony, a lit candle or anything else that helps you to remember him or her. You could even send a donation to a charity that your loved one would have supported.
You might also opt to seek compensation for the wrongful death. Just remember that there are time limits for doing this so you must act quickly.
Source: Grief.com, "Grief & the Holidays," accessed Nov. 24, 2017