Monday, November 13, 2017

Coping with The Holidays: Suggested Resources 2017

[Most recent update: November 23, 2017]

Coping with loss is even harder during the holidays. What used to be a festive time of decorations and parties — laughter and togetherness — now seems meaningless. We’re paralyzed by the thought of shopping and socializing. How can we continue old traditions like nothing has changed? Because everything has changed . . .  ~ Lynn Sue Cooney

In my daily travels around the Internet, I am always on the lookout for helpful articles and reliable resources that I can recommend and share with my readers. This is especially important during the holiday season, which for many mourners and caregivers can be a difficult and challenging time.

Below are links to articles and resources I’ve gathered so far this year, which I hope you will find informative and useful. Over the next several weeks I’ll be building upon this list, so I encourage you to check back often to see what’s been added.

As always, if you've found something especially helpful that isn't listed here, please feel free to add it in the Comments section below.

Tips for Overcoming Holiday Grief by Phoebe Ochman

Balancing Holiday Traditions After the Death of a Loved One by Janna Benson Kontz

Grief at Thanksgiving: Gratitude with a Grain of Salt from What's Your Grief?

Pet Loss and The Holidays: Four Things to Consider When Grieving During the Holidays by Teresa Wagner

Holiday Healing Tips: Family Gatherings and Being Flexible by Annah Elizabeth

Holiday Healing Tips: The Decorations and Asking for Help by Annah Elizabeth

Revisiting The "First" Thanksgiving by Sarah Treanor

4 Tips for Coping with Bereavement at Christmas from Cruse Bereavement Care

Can't We Skip the Holidays? by Gary Roe

How Can I Be Grateful In The Face of So Much Pain? by Annah Elizabeth

How to Comfort Those in Grief During the Season of Joy by Anne M. Mozingo

Grateful While Grieving by Debbie Rambis

Tips for Getting Through The Holidays When You're Totally Sad by Erin Donovan

Holiday Toolkit for Supporting Grieving Children from National Alliance for Grieving Children

Hope in a Jar – A Loving Gift for the Bereaved by Harriet Hodgson

On a Holiday with Grief from The Genesis Grief Support Cooperative

How to Cope with Grief During the Holidays by Lynn Sue Cooney

Coping with Grief During the Holidays via Lisa VanderWel

I Miss You: A Holiday Grief Survival Kit by Gary Roe

Currents of Grief: Finding Balance through the Holiday Season by Lisa De Sieno

When The Holidays Aren't Happy by Ellen Monsees

3 Ways to Handle the Holidays When You've Lost Someone Who Meant Everything to You by Amber Petty

Revisiting Grief During The Holidays by Emily Joshu

The Ghost of Christmas Past by Justina Gioia

When Grief and Holidays Collide by Gary Roe

Finding A Way From Christmas Sorrow to Christmas Joy by Jill Smoot

Halloween Horror: Hurt or Help Your Grieving Friends by Teresa TL Bruce

Musings on Halloween, Past and Present by Cathy Seehuetter

When Halloween Is Real: Plastic Skulls & Cemeteries by Megan Devine

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