Surviving the Holidays

How many times has someone asked you,  “what are you doing for the holidays?” The idea of making plans without your loved ones this year is difficult and at times can feel like an impossible task. Focusing on what feels best for you and your family is incredibly important. Give yourself permission to “just be”…

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Memories With Mom

“To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.” Mother’s Day is a special day to honor and celebrate the mothers and mother figures that have made an impact in your life. Honoring and celebrating your loved ones after a death can bring a flood of different emotions. The…

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Nurturing Grieving Hearts this Valentine’s Day

Many associate Valentine’s Day with chocolates, greeting cards, flowers, and stuffed animals. Though this holiday is a reminder to spread love to those you care about, this holiday can be exceptionally difficult for grieving families. Just like any holiday or significant date, grief thoughts and feelings can make it feel nearly impossible to self-regulate throughout…

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How to Approach the Holidays in the Midst of Grief and a Pandemic

The phrase “preparing for the holidays” can have a bittersweet connotation. Families may think of the joy this season brings such as decorating  for the holidays, gathering with others, and the sense of gratitude we often feel this time of year. Families may also think of the absence of a loved one, the stress of…

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Finding Comfort in Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is upon us… For those who have lost a loved one, it can bring a mixture of emotions. Grief may be felt day-by-day or moment-by-moment. Traditions bind families together for generations. Many families may cling to traditions both big and small after the death of a loved one. Some families find solace…

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Preparing for the Holidays

Holiday seasons elicit many feelings for people. Holidays may create togetherness, warmth, and gratitude; but in the eyes and hearts of a griever, holidays may create the exact opposite sensations. Grieving hearts are put under pressure by society, family, and friends to grieve in a uniformed manner that may not be the most suitable for…

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Choose a Hero

It’s hard to ignore Father’s Day coming up on June 16th. Fathers everywhere will be celebrating their day and honored for their special role. But, how do we celebrate without fathers? You yearn to share the day and to celebrate, but instead you must carry on without him. You remember fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, or other…

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The Ritual of Rememberance

Did you know that engaging in rituals of remembrance can be therapeutic? Behavioral rituals can help further our healing by allowing us to express grief through our actions. Of course, there are many cultural rituals and religious customs we perform during the mourning period just after a death. We remember our loved ones with visitations,…

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