Grief at the Holidays

When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be challenging. Members of our Clinical team offer tips in hopes of helping make this time of the year a little easier for you. Carrie Schaeffer, our Perinatal Bereavement Services Manager and Therapist in our Individual Counseling…

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Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

Tip One: For anyone dealing with the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a time of sadness, dread, or pain. It can be difficult to cope, especially when you see the sights and sounds of holiday happiness all around you. One of the best things you can do is give yourself permission to…

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Grief & Loss During the Holidays

This is a beautiful remembrance activity shared by What’s Your Grief — a simple, yet meaningful way to explore the complex feelings around the loss of a loved one and a wonderful way to create a special piece to remember loved ones during the holidays. The beauty of this activity is that it works for…

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Grief and Remembrance During Thanksgiving

By: Wendy Boggs, MS/G, Intern Thanksgiving often conjures up memories of roasting turkey, family gathered around the TV watching parades and football games, long naps after eating that last second helping, and family outings to take advantage of “Black Friday” deals of the year.   However, for those who are grieving, the memories may not be…

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Dia de los Muertos

By: Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT Dia de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead” is a holiday that is celebrated all over the world on November 1st and 2nd each year. This Mexican holiday is full of traditions and ways to honor our deceased loved ones. Dia de los Muertos celebrates both…

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Worthwhile Grief & Loss Podcasts

Podcasts are a great alternative to reading when you are hoping to learn new information. The beauty of a podcast is that you can listen while doing other tasks like walking, folding laundry, or even working on a puzzle. The number of podcast discussing grief and loss are overwhelming, so I scoured the podcast library in hopes…

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Father’s Day in Three Phases

By: Guest Blogger, Kirk Stepp Father’s Day over the course of my 40 years have fallen into three phases: Son, Loss, and Father.   For the first 19 years of my life, I was blessed to have a hard working, caring, and loving father. My dad was an amazing man that could literally build or fix anything. My…

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Rocks of Remembrance

Holidays can often trigger powerful emotions and memories of our lost loved ones, no matter how much time has passed. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be particularly difficult for those without a mom or dad, as they are painful reminders of what we’ve lost. We know this season can be hard for those who…

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Ways We Remember Our Loved Ones

When my sister-in-law died, many family members were with her in those final moments. To honor and remember her, we like to gather together every year around that anniversary. Usually, my husband’s brothers and their families pile into our house for a weekend of fellowship. We tell stories about Claire, talk to our kids about…

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