How to cope with spending your first holiday without a loved due to COVID-19

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Spending the first holiday without a loved one can be challenging.
Spending the first holiday without a loved one can be challenging.
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The festive season is a time for families to take time off work and to be with loved ones, planning big Christmas lunches and enjoying quality time. But the year 2020 has come with many adjustments.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it changed everyone’s life; some lost their income, routines and many people are grieving loved ones. The idea of spending Christmas without a family member can be daunting.

All the usual family rituals can be a bittersweet memory. Psychologist Dr. Siyanda Zulu gives advice on how to cope with the loss of a loved one this festive season.

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