By, Karen Gore, LICSW, Bereavement Coordinator & Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday time can be enjoyable and social but also difficult, especially for those who are grieving. We are now in the middle of the Holiday Season. I walked through a local square last night and saw a huge star lit up and the song playing was “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” In contrast to this song several people have said to me in the last week “I just want the Holidays to be over.” Many who are grieving a loss find the Holidays challenging. They bring up so many feelings of loneliness, yearning and sadness. We have gathered here suggestions for coping from those who have had losses –We hope they provide inspiration for you. On behalf of all of us at NVNA and Hospice I send you peace and hope for gentle self-care during this Holiday Season and beyond. We are here for you.
At the same time, allow yourself flexibility…you may find you are too exhausted to attend the office party after all.