The long winter months can be especially confining, isolating and challenging when grieving a loss. But you can also engage in unique ways that will help you bear your loss.

Here are some ideas for winter (or any time of year):

  • start an indoor gardens/terrariums/terrarium memorial garden
  • take up a new hobby/craft, learn new skills/enhance existing ones
  • enroll in an online class (many are self-paced)
  • write your autobiography or a biography about your loved one
  • start a Blog (many free options with public/private settings)
  • volunteer at church, care-facilities and non-profits
  • plan and gather materials for spring projects
  • give a room(s) in your home a new look makeover
  • learn “scrapbooking” to create frames, albums, greeting/postcards, etc.
  • write letters & post cards the old fashioned way to connect/reconnect
  • hobby photography (create beautiful photo gifts)
  • chart your genealogy using online resources
  • plan some trips that give you something to look forward to
  • collect, taste-test and self-publish a family recipe book
  • sort through your “stuff” and sell on eBay
  • join a weekly grief support group (hospice, hospital, church, community)
  • join a social group that attends local events together

You can find things that will truly help you to better cope with the absence of a loved one, and can help you to regain more control of your days, rather than letting your days control you.  –John Pete

John Pete

John Pete is a spiritual writer, founder of Daily Grief Quotes on Facebook, and was a Certified Grief Counselor for over 10-years . He has appeared on the "Grieving The Healing Heart" radio program and is published in the 2011 books, "Open To Hope, Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss," "Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One" (2012, DVD), and Grief Diaries - Through the Eyes of Men (2016, book). John Pete is online at

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