Grief During the Holidays
The empty chair at the Thanksgiving table, unopened gifts on Christmas or the vacancy in time of not celebrating a birthday anymore brings grief to the surface. These articles give practical ways to help you face the important days without your loved one.
Remembering Loved Ones on Holidays, Anniversaries and Special Days
Consider your options and choose the activities that are most meaningful to you and to the memories you want to honor on behalf of your loved one.
Coping with Grief During the Holidays
Watching others celebrate can be painful and overwhelming. Survivors must learn how to develop new holiday rituals and traditions.
5 Ways to Plan for the Holidays after the Death of a Loved One
Nothing can ease the sorrow that comes with knowing the holidays will never be the same, but there are some things you and your family can do to help you cope.
Facing the New Year when You are Bereaved
Even if you're scared and lonely, and even if you long for the past, you can still open the door a crack to this new year. Here are ways to do that.
Handling Holidays and Special Anniversaries with Grieving Children
Holidays and special anniversaries can be very difficult for grieving children, especially in the first year after a death.
Missing Mom on Mother’s Day
Just as Mother’s Day elicits emotions of joy and gratitude for some people, it can serve as a source of loss and grief for those whose mothers or mother figures are no longer alive.
A Day Without Dad: Coping with Loss on Father's Day
Even if you feel you are coping well with your father’s death, holidays can be particularly difficult. Here are some suggestions to help manage your loss while honoring your dad.
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