Surviving the Winter Blues

The winter months can get hard and maybe even depressing as the days get shorter and the temperature dips. This can be more prevalent if you’ve recently lost a loved one. Our caring staff at Farenga Funeral Home in Astoria & Greater Queens is here to help.

It is important to try and keep your spirits up, even amid your grief. As much as you can, try to get outside for a little sunshine and exercise. If it’s simply too chilly for you, invite a friend or family member over to watch old movies or play a favorite board game. Ask your grandkids over to make your favorite oatmeal raisin cookies or build a fire to roast marshmallows.

Lonely senior woman sitting and drinking tea in restaurantWhen you’re tempted to dwell on the winter blues or on your loss, try to focus on all of the wonderful things you have in your life – it is true what they say, no matter how bad it gets, there is always something to be thankful for. A lot of the families we serve find that a gratitude journal becomes helpful to them in darker moments.

Finally, continue to make plans and schedule outings for yourself. As busy holiday schedules are ramping down here in the New Year, it’s the perfect time to start a weekly card game with your neighbors or host a dinner party with friends every Monday evening. This will give you something to look forward to, and you won’t find yourself sitting home alone. And you never know – that friend or neighbor might be having some winter blues themselves and your invitation could be just what the doctor ordered.

Most of all, remember you’re never alone in your loneliness or grief. Here at Farenga Funeral Home, we are always here for you. We believe that our care for you and responsibility to you does not end when the funeral service is over. We can offer you a number of resources for emotional support. Sometimes, a family member needs a bit of extra support. We can make referrals to support groups and grief counselors to provide the help they need.

Remember: when you choose Farenga Funeral Home, you will always have a friend in Astoria and Greater Queens.