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           THE GRIEF BRIEF 2018

                                                              

                  Hope for the Holidays                                                                      

      Gratitude, cheer, family, joy.

These are all words that surround us in stores, in the media, and in conversations with others when the holidays start drawing near. But for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one; dread, sadness, emptiness, and loneliness are often the words they associate with the holidays and the bereaved often ask themselves, “How will I ever get through this time?” In answer to this question, Emma’s Place wants to share some suggestions to help you cope with the holidays and find some comfort and meaning:

  • Talk about how you’re feeling with others who you will be spending the holidays with who also share your loss. Children should also be included in these types of conversations at a level they can understand. It’s more upsetting and anxiety-provoking for both children and adults to go on pretending that everything is the same, when it is clearly not, or to not give children the space to address how the holidays are different this year for them.

  • Remember your loved one by creating a new holiday tradition. These can include, lighting a candle at the holiday or planting a seed in honor of your loved one; playing a song prior to the start of your holiday meal that was meaningful to your loved one; make or buy your loved one’s favorite dish and having everyone at the table share a special memory of the loved one before eating.
  • Be Gentle with yourself. It’s Ok if you are not up to doing what you usually do during the holidays. If you usually host a holiday gathering, it’s OK if you suggest someone else do it, or that you all go to a restaurant instead. Make sure you give to yourself. Remember the old oxygen mask analogy. On an airplane they always tell you in case of an emergency put your own oxygen mask on before helping anyone else.     


                            2018 HOLIDAY CALENDAR
                            Thanksgiving Day-Nov 22
                            American Indian Heritage Day- Nov 23
                            The Prophet’s Birthday-Nov 21
                            Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day- Dec 7
                            Chanukah/Hanukkah-Dec 2 – Dec 10
                            Christmas Eve and Day-Dec 24 & 25
                            Kwanzaa-Dec 26 – Jan 1,

                            New Year’s Day – Jan 1