When you are feeling blue or mourning the loss of someone dear in your life, happiness can be hard to come by during a season that focuses on being merry. Turning to your family as a support system to get you through the upcoming weeks can be the best answer. Consider reaching out to your family to assist you in making decisions regarding the traditions and tasks that you usually take on during the holidays. Make a list of all the things that you traditionally do such as buying gifts, decorating your tree and/or house, sending Christmas Cards, reaching out to old friends, volunteering your time at church or a local organization, going to parties. Have a good look at the list and see what is still important to you or what you might be able to forego this year. Then have an honest and upfront conversation with your family seeking their assistance with these tasks before the stresses of the holiday season get everyone out of balance. Taking these steps early on will bring back some of the joy that has gone missing while the memories of a loved one lost weighs heavy on your mind.