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Coping with Grief on Valentines Day
Many people dislike Valentine’s Day, but it can be especially difficult if you have lost someone you love. Like any special occasion, signs for it are everywhere, nearly impossible to avoid.

If you’re worried about struggling with grief on Valentine’s Day, try one of the below options:
  • Treat yourself - make the day all about you, engage in an activity you really enjoy, have some “me time”, and buy yourself a treat such as a box of chocolates or bunch of flowers.

  • Take the day off - it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to avoid the fuss of Valentine’s Day while at work, so if you feel it may be too much for you, take the day off. Whether you plan a day trip or have a lazy day at home, it’s entirely up to you.

  • Do something creative - bring your feelings to life by writing a short story or a poem, do some painting, take some photos, make a scrapbook.

  • Start a new tradition - do something to feel close to your lost loved one; visit their favourite place, cook their favourite meal, have family or friends over to reminisce together.

  • Allow yourself to feel - it’s OK not to be OK. Nobody expects you to get over your grief straight away, and it will always be worse on special occasions. Have a cry if needed; bottling up your emotions will only make you feel worse.

  • Light a Candle
    We invite you to place a tribute on your loved one's notice including one of our limited edition Valentine's Day candles for 2020.

    We feel it is important for you to have somewhere to go to remember your loved ones, and our lasting tribute pages allow you to do this.

    New candles will be available for a limited time for each holiday or special occasion, to enable you to pay your respects to your loved ones.

    Add your Valentine's Day candle today.

    Available 10th - 14th of February
    Grief Support
    If you feel you need some support, go to your GP or call NHS 111 to speak to a medical professional.

    There are also several charities you can contact, the Good Grief Trust has a list of phone numbers and charities at the bottom of their home page at