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A Child's View: Grief is as Individual as a Snowflake

Hi, kids! Winter is here and it seems like everyone is getting ready for something…the bustle of the holidays, visits from family and friends, a break from school, a new year, the list seems to never end! But what if someone you love has died, and this is your first (or second or more…) holiday season without them? How do you handle it when it seems like everyone around you is excited ALL the time when you might feel excited some of the time, SAD some of the time, CONFUSED some of the time, then maybe…a little festive again?  Or even some other combination of feelings that only you can understand?  We have some ideas for you:

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November 24 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Karen Hatfield, MMT, MT-BC, CHPCA 

From the Editor

For those of you who have experienced the death of a loved one, the impending holidays can be difficult.  The glitz and jingle of the season can be overwhelming.  First of all, be kind to yourself this December.  Second, know that there are others out there who have experienced the death of a loved one and are also feeling a heavy heart this holiday season.  You are not alone. Try to be open to feelings of peace and even some joy in your grief. 

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November 11 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Misguided Ground Rules of Grief

When someone we love dies, we expect– and often receive – wonderful support. However, many grieving people discover misguided "grief ground rules" which society seems to place upon them.

One unwritten ground rule: Life should return to normal shortly after the funeral. Grieving people often receive caring support just after the death, during the funeral and for some days thereafter. However, friends and relatives begin to return to their lives, forgetting that the grieving person's life will never be "normal" again. Mrs. S was very close to her mother who died. At first, her family and friends were quite supportive. They prepared food and brought it to the house. Her husband took over some of the household chores.
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October 31 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

Holiday Grief with Children

​It's coming up to the holiday season when we typically have fun celebrating with family and friends. We eat our favorite foods, stay up late and get all the gifts we've been hoping for. But what happens when the only thing you want, you can't have?
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October 30 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Karen Kincaid, MA, PCC 

9 Tips to Aid Grieving Friends During the Holidays

Those who are grieving often remark that they would like to SKIP over all holidays, skip the month of December and emerge on Jan. 2. The absence of a loved one is palpable during the season of family-centered activities and feelings of acute grief are heightened. Providing comfort, hope and support is a priceless gift to grieving friends.
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October 26 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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