Grief and Shorter Days

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Thursday, September 14, 2023

Grief and the associated feelings of depression can be a difficult burden to bear at times. Many studies have shown that sunlight and bright days can improve moods associated with grief and depression. So as the days get shorter with Fall around the corner, it is important to take measures to help yourself process your grief. 

Shorter Days and More Time Indoors

The shorter sun hours may mean that you aren’t seeing much sunlight. The Vitamin D we get from being in the sun can be important to regulating mood and improving our outlook. This is one of the many contributing factors to seasonal depression. Try to spend some time safely outdoors. If it is too cold to stay out for extended periods of time, it happens. When you do have to spend time inside, add warmth with cozy blankets, twinkle lights, and other ways to make the space feel homey. Improving your mood in this way can be very beneficial. 
For those dealing with seasonal depression, ask your doctor if Vitamin D supplements or a sun lamp might be a good fit for you.

Quiet Months and Introspection

Fall and Winter can bring a stillness and quietness with them. The world can seem to pause when snow fills the air. In these times of quiet, it is easy to get lost in feelings of grief. But this quiet can be channeled into calmness. Try to use these quiet moments for introspection. 2 ways that are proven to help with grief are meditation and journaling. Consider exploring these tools to help you find peace during these times. 

Exploring Empathy

Empathy is an important skill to have in order to connect with and support others. But it can also be an important tool for your own well-being. Be gentle to yourself. Be patient when acknowledging your own grief journey. And don’t be afraid to ask for help from others. 

Rest and Self-Care

The colder months are also a time to rest and care for yourself. When dealing with grief, it can be easy to let self-care go by the wayside. But it is important to care for yourself and to fulfill your needs. Make sure that you are getting rest, eating right, and being active when you can. It can be easier said than done, but it can make all the difference in the world. 

The author of this post is not a professional therapist or counselor. For assistance in finding a grief counselor that is right for you, there are several resources out there. For our Grief Resource Center, written by Dr. Bill Webster, click here
For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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