Holidays looking to be harder without families due to COVID-19

WATCH: Holidays looking to be harder without families due to COVID-19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The holidays are around the corner and that means spending time with families for many.

But for others who may not be able, the holidays can be tough especially as people may stay away from family gatherings because of fears of spreading COVID-19.

There are things people can do to help themselves moving forward.

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Rikki Harris, at Tennessee Voices, works to help people with resources like counseling and therapy and a lot of them are dealing with grief.

Nearly 250,000 Americans have lost their lives as the nation battles COVID-19. Those families are trying to find how to fill the hole left by the death of a family member but the holidays can also be challenging in many other ways.

“If there is a person missing at the table and they always did something special for everyone that on in their honor and in their name," Harris said. “I think that gives them a special place in everyone’s heart and at the table.”

Harris said you can also do things to help yourself like stay off social media because it can bring up difficult emotions related to whatever trauma someone is dealing with.

If you notice that your grief still hasn’t subsided after some time she says that’s when you should consider reaching out and asking for help.