Monday, November 5, 2018

Coping with The Holidays: Suggested Resources 2018

[Updated February 15, 2019]

We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.  ~ David Weatherford

For those who are anticipating or coping with the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be a most challenging time. We may feel exhausted, drowning in sorrow, and  totally out of sync with the rest of the world, wishing that we could find a way to skip entirely these days, along with all those expectations of celebrating, giving thanks, shopping, preparing special meals, decorating, gifting, visiting, and entertaining guests.

Fortunately ~ and especially at this time of year ~ the Internet holds an abundance of information, comfort and support to help us get through these difficult days.
As I've done in years past, I will be searching throughout the season for helpful articles and reliable resources that I can recommend and share with my readers.

Below are links to those 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 each day, so I encourage you to check back often to see what’s been added.

Remember, too, that at this time of year, many hospices offer special community-based grief programs to guide participants in navigating the holidays while still honoring their loved ones. Contact your local hospice's bereavement services department to learn what may be available in your community.

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.

A Valentine Letter for YOU by Jayne Hannah

The Surviving Spouse's Guide to Surviving A Hallmark Holiday by RoseAnna Cyr

4 Tips for Grieving Hearts Entering 2019
by Gary Roe

When The New Year Becomes Old by Dr. Zachary White

New Year of Grief by Mark Liebenow

Gifts for Anyone Who's Grieving a Loss This Holiday Season from Healthline

New Year's Resolutions for The Emotionally Infirm, The Crushed, and The Weary by Kate Inglis

9 Things I Learned (Again) in 2018 by Gary Roe

Grief and Suicidality: How and Why to Stay Alive by Megan Devine

New Year's Grief from Grief Compass

How to Cope with Grief and Loss During The Holidays by Talia Lakritz

Veterinary Hospice Offers Tips for Saying Goodbye at The Holidays by Deb Samson

Battling and Conquering Grief During The Holidays by Mari Colham

Finding JOY in Times of Darkness - Podcast with Karen Wyatt, MD

3 Things I Wish for You This Christmas by Gary Roe

Dealing with Emotional Triggers During The Holidays by Reina Gattuso

Christmas Eve Luminarias: A New Mexico Tradition by Gail Rubin

10 Holiday Survival Tips by Mark Liebenow

Guilt and Grief During the Holidays from What's Your Grief?

Why Do Some People Suffer from the "Holiday Blues"? by Kathleen Clohessey 

Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts by Thomas Attig

David Kessler's Top 4 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Grief via

Blue Christmas: How to Cope with Holiday Depression, Grief by Alia Dastagir

Ways to Survive the Holiday Season When You're Grieving from Refuge in Grief

Ten Tips to Help Someone Grieving During The Holidays from eHospice

Is Grief Upending Your Holidays? 
YouTube video from Open to Hope

Bereavement Bundle: Healing Holiday Grief from Health Journeys

5 Ways to Get Through the Holidays When You're Not Feeling Ho Ho Hopeful by Heidi Gessner

Grief Doesn't Take A Holiday by Mark Liebenow

Christmas Without You by Angela Miller

A Gift for The Bereaved by Maria Kubitz

8 Tips for Supporting A Grieving Friend This Holiday from What's Your Grief?

Dealing with Grief During The Holidays - Video with Megan Devine

31 Ways to Remember A Loved One During Christmas by Chris Raymond 

All Those Feelings That Come Up Around The Holidays by Christine Baumgartner

Five Principles for Managing Grief In The New Year by Robert Neimeyer

Ease the Stress of Holiday Grief by Jessica Loftus

3 Tips for When Grief Collides with Your Holiday Celebrations by Gary Roe 

The 10 Things I Wish I Knew About The Holidays After Loss by Christina Rasmussen

Holidays and Trauma: Holding Both by Gretchen Schmelzer

Seven Holiday Gifts for Someone Who Is Grieving by Laura B. Hayden 

Holidays Can Be Hard on People Grieving A Loss, So Be Kind to Yourself by Lin Sue Cooney

3 Steps to Guarding Your Grieving Heart This Season by Gary Hart

Dealing with Grief During The Holidays - YouTube Interview with Megan Devine

The Modern Loss Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Grief During The Holidays by Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

Winter's Light by Mark Liebenow

Grieving and the Holidays by Robert Neimeyer

Dealing with Grief During The Holidays by Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

Grief Creeps Into The Cracks by Peggy Haymes

Grateful At The Table by Mark Liebenow

Grateful Remembrance Jar: A Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Activity  from What's Your Grief?

Tips for Remembering Your Beloved at Thanksgiving by Chelsea Hanson

When You Are Grieving, Thanksgiving Day Feels Painful by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

Conversations About Death at Thanksgiving Dinner by Colleen Ferguson

Surviving Thanksgiving: 6 Tips for Grievers from What's Your Grief? 

Creative Grief Expressions During The Holidays by Kara LC Jones

#OptionBThere for the Holidays 
- Option B

Coping with Grief at Xmas - 21 Survival Tips for the Holiday Season - Grief and Sympathy

Holiday Survival Tips
 - YouTube video from Open to Hope

A Christmas Encounter by Jill Smoot

The Veil Between Worlds Is Thin by Karla Helbert

Halloween and Holy Days by Mark Liebenow

Halloween and Grieving Students: A Check-In Can Help - USC National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Look Who Is Coming to Holiday Dinner! What to Do When A Parent Remarries by Mary Joye

Grief at Halloween: It's Spooky from What's Your Grief?

Remembering to Live by Sarah Treaner

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