Sunday, November 29, 2020

Understanding and Managing Grief, November 22 - November 28, 2020

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

It’s your new identity without your loved one and it’s important to establish guidelines and boundaries. It’s important to make it through the holidays and do what’s best for you. Honor yourself and one day the holidays will be good again for you.  Thanksgiving Grief: You Are What You Eat « The Wellness Universe Blog

The “Season of Family” provides us an opportunity to celebrate and remember those loved ones who have been important to us. But the holidays can be emotional, especially for families who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The National Alliance for Grieving Children has put together an informative toolkit to help support grieving children during the season: Holiday Toolkit: Supporting Grieving Children During The Season of Family « Eluna

We live in a society where holidays are spent connecting with family and friends and sharing stories while enjoying a home-cooked meal. That means they are incredibly tough for grieving children and families. And of course, this year, we’re approaching the season in the throes of a global pandemic.  How to Support a Grieving Child During a Year That Makes No Sense « Modern Loss 

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kenneth Feinberg, a victims' rights attorney who is advocating for a new White House office to help Americans grieving loss from COVID-19 and other tragedies. As COVID-19 Continues To Spread, Many Want The White House To Help America Mourn « NPR 

Evermore is making the world a more livable place for bereaved families. We are committed to advancing bereavement care in America so that all families and professionals have access to care, programs, tools, policies and resources to respond and adjust to loss. Live-Evermore - Advancing US Bereavement Care « Evermore 

Bereavement is defined as a period of intense grief, especially following the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, society has no respect for those grieving. Society views grief as something to get over, like the flu. After a few days, and the griever is expected to function as if life hadn’t shattered into a million little pieces. It's Time to Give Grief the Attention It Deserves « Real Leaders 

In Will McCormack and Michael Govier’s animated short, estranged parents of a child killed in a school shooting try to overcome their heartbreak and find each other again; now showing on Netflix. A Couple Faces the Pain of Unspoken Grief in ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’ « Animation World Network 

If you're anticipating or coping with the loss of someone dearly loved, you may find yourself dreading the onset of the holidays this year and wondering how you'll ever make it through the days and weeks ahead. Here are some suggestions. Coping with The Holidays ~ Suggested Resources 2020 « Grief Healing

Today is a big day for Mike and I… something that we have given a lot of thought to in the past year. This was a tough decision, but in the past few months we finally decided it is time for us to step down as writers here for widow’s voice. We each have our reasons, which we’ll share about in this final post, along with reflecting back on our full and amazing journey writing and sharing with you all here.  Our Final Post... « Widow's Voice 

Of course, there is no doubt that large gatherings, indoors, and without masks is a recipe for the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2, but at the same time, I worry that the abstinence-only approach -- the just-don't-have-Thanksgiving approach -- is not the right way for public health experts to respond. Op-Ed: Demanding Thanksgiving Abstinence Is Not Public Health « MedPage Today 

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