November 2020


The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving


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At the beginning of The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, Dr. Debra Holland states: “My wish is that this book gives you hope that you’ll eventually recover from your grief.” This book helps readers understand the grief process, their emotions and reactions. It also helps individuals who are supporting others through the grief journey.
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November 25 2020

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Supporting Kids Through the Ups and Downs of the Holiday Season


For grieving families, the winter months may spark unexpected feelings of fear and anxiety over the approaching holidays. Where will we spend special days? What will we do? Will it upset Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, etc., if I bring up the person who died? Is it okay to have fun? Most often, children who have experienced the death of someone special are part of a larger family unit that is also grieving and adjusting to life after that same loss. As adults, taking care of ourselves and giving space to our own grief is essential as we support the grieving kids in our lives.
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November 25 2020

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Grief and the Holidays


An inevitable question grieving people ask at this time of the year is, “How will I ever get through the holidays?” Whether it’s the first or second holiday season they face, the added strain can create increased pressure for people already experiencing intense feelings of grief. Combined with the stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to imagine coping well, much less finding any enjoyment in the season whatsoever. So how do you “get through” this time? There is no single answer. Let this be the guiding thought: Do what is comfortable for you.
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November 25 2020

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If Only I Had…


“Monday mourning quarterbacking” – a phrase coined by Dr. Kenneth Doka – is our tendency to review the relationship after a loved one’s death based upon the decisions made during their illness. Doing this without considering pressures we were faced with at the time can lead us to question whether what we did was right, or whether things could have been different had we made different choices.
 
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November 25 2020

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Giving thanks – for you


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This year has been different to say the least…but the expert and compassionate care our teams provided never wavered. In many ways it transformed into new ways to connect and inspire. Being together matters. Your support drives the innovation to make that happen, even during a global pandemic. 
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November 19 2020

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