For myself, I'm making sure to spend time with other loved ones- family, and close friends. I'm minimizing my to-do's, going with a few simple gifts and a bit of baking. Depending on how old the kids are, it may be helpful to loop them in. You know, "The holidays are going to be different this year. Anything you want to do? Anything you want to skip out on?"
I also found these articles on one of my favorite grief resource websites: 4 Easy Ideas for This Holiday and Remembering Ornament They have whole sections on the holidays, and also a whole section of blog posts on grieving kids and teens. I hope this helps.
Thank you Melissa.
You have no idea how much you broadened my horizons with the information you shared.
I'm so glad. I'm lucky enough to have a dear friend who works with the dying, and she sent me to that blog when I was ready to ask for resources. It feels like sometimes any little thing that helps is something we can share between us on this site to make things even the tiniest bit easier. Everything is hard enough as it is.