December 2013


A Child's View: 10 Ideas to Manage Holiday Grief


Children who are grieving experience conflicting emotions during the holiday season. Excitement about presents and parties is often coupled with the sadness of knowing they cannot share them with their deceased loved one. Family traditions may have changed since the death.


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December 21 2013


Time Softens Grief


Now that  winter is upon us and the days are short, I find myself thinking of my recent trip to Alaska. How would it be to live in darkness for 20 hours every day? The bereaved often feel enveloped in darkness.

In Alaska, hobbies help them cope with the long hours of blackness, and during the nighttime hours, the northern lights abound. They are a beacon of hope, and hope can guide us through our grief.


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December 21 2013


How long does this grief process take?


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Bereavement counselors are often asked, "When will I be over the death of my loved one?" Perhaps the question is the result of feeling as though the sharp, raw pain of grief will never end. Or maybe the question arises because well-meaning friends and family have asked "shouldn't you be over this by now?" The answer to the question "when will I get over this" is NEVER. Grieving is a lifelong process, not a long-term or short-term process. This does not mean you are doomed to a life of misery and sadness. It means that grief will be part of your life history and become a part of who you are as you redefine the relationship you once had. The relationship with your loved one does not end because they are no longer here physically; rather, a new type of relationship is created based on memory, spirit, and love.
 
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December 21 2013


Getting Through the Holidays


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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! 'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la! For many "merry, happy, jolly" are far from the feelings they are experiencing at the holidays. 


"How can I be happy when I've lost the most important person in the world? How do I go on, let alone rejoice when I have nothing to celebrate?"
 
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December 21 2013

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