Holidays can be very emotionally tough in general and especially if we have lost a loved one during this past year. Grief aka sadness and despair can be normal.
Complicated grief (CG) is caused by the death of someone close to you. CG, sometimes called persistent complex bereavement disorder, is much stronger than normal grief. Many people go through several stages of grieving after losing a loved one. With CG, you may have trouble moving on for months, years, or longer. You may also find yourself avoiding social contact, losing motivation to do daily tasks, or wishing that you had died, too.
If you feel these things after losing a loved one, you may need to see your doctor to talk about treatment for your CG.