Christmas and the New Year is not a merry and joyous time for everyone, it can ignite painful memories and reminders of what you have lost. Although everyday can be hard, there are certain times of the year that can be particularly difficult, and the Christmas season can be one of them.
This year has been even more difficult with the COVID-19 pandemic and intermittent lockdowns. Support networks have been badly disrupted, and feelings of uncertainty have increased. You may have not been able see your friends and family, you may be living on your own or perhaps you have experienced the further devastation of other deaths.
Isolation is often felt after an epilepsy death and lockdown can amplify those feelings having a greater impact on your grief and loss.
Please remember to be kind to yourself and try not to put yourself under too much pressure. Where you are able, advance planning of these days at Christmas by telling family and friends what you can and cannot do can be hard but helpful. Remember it’s okay to say no; your needs come first.
The support line at SUDEP Action is here through the build up to Christmas, you are not alone, we are here to help and support in any way we can.
Contact us on 01235 772852 or email us at [email protected]