Holiday Health

Holiday Health

The holiday season is upon us, this time of the year can be a magical time filled with family, love, and celebration. It can also be a difficult time for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some information and tips on making it through the holiday season while grieving the loss of a loved one. Whether this is your first holiday, 10th holiday or 25th holiday season without your loved one it is still a difficult time.

Here are some do’s and don’ts if you are coping with the loss of a loved one this holiday season if you are grieving:

  1. Do be gentle with yourself
  2. Don’t do more than you want, and don’t do anything that does not serve your soul and your loss
  3. Do allow time for the feelings
  4. Don’t keep feelings bottled up. If you have 500 tears to cry, don’t stop at 250
  5. Do allow others to help. We all need help at certain times in our lives.

If you know of someone grieving:

  1. Don’t ask if you can help or should help a friend in grief. Just Help. Find ways; invite them to group events or just out for coffee
  2. Do, pay extra attention to the children, children are too often the forgotten grievers.


If you require professional support and services while grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season, please contact one of these community agencies:

Six Nations Mental Health and Addictions – 519-445-2413 – http://www.snhs.ca/MentalHealth.htm

Six Nations Social Services – 519-445-2071- http://www.sixnations.ca/SocServDept.htm

Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services – 519-445-4324 – https://ganohkwasra.com/

Six Nations Mobile Crisis Line – 519-445-2204 or 1-866-445-2204 –

The First Nations & Inuit Hope for Wellness Hotline – 1-855-242-3310 will also provide support – https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/services/first-nations-inuit-health/health-promotion/mental-health-wellness.html


December 20th, 2019

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