As the days grow shorter and the weather colder, it’s a good time of year to settle down for a little light reading. For those who’ve lost partners, this can often be a difficult time of year as memories of happy times and traditions now gone arise. With that in mind, we’ve selected a few articles that talk about finding your way through the holiday season when you may be feeling low.

We start with one called Holiday Survival Strategies For Coping With Grief from VeryWell Health.  It offers some good advice and coping strategies and reaffirms that you will manage through this season and come out okay in January.  Hang in there!

The next good article is by Megan Devine who you might know from her website, Refuge in Grief or her book It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok. Even if you aren’t an introvert her article,The Grieving Introvert and the Holidays, has some good advice about finding quiet time for yourself and giving yourself permission to limit the amount of socializing you do this season.

Most of us know Katie Couric from TV News, but here she discusses What I’ve Learned Over 19 Christmas Seasons Since My Husband Died.

Finally here’s a good post from Christina Rasmussen from Second Firsts whose blog post The 10 Things I Wish I Knew About the Holidays After Loss contains some good advice about making the holiday your own, maybe not following the traditions you’ve always had and finding a new path.

However you manage your way through the next few weeks, know that whatever you feel and how you choose to participate in festivities is okay – do what’s right for you and rest will take care of itself.

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

Mary Oliver