Health and Wellness

Good Mourning: The Many Faces of Grief

Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS

Good Mourning: The Many Faces of Grief – THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING AND I’M NOT READY!

Holiday cards. Gifts. Singing. Decorating. Pretending to be happy. Fruitcake? It’s holiday time and the world is filled with music, tinsel and glitter. It is a festive time of year, filled with joyous occasions and family gatherings. But when your family circle has been broken by death, the only things that sparkle this season may be tears. The holidays may only serve to remind you of the empty space at the table, the hole in your heart.

While most of the world seems to be addressing holiday greeting cards and planning holiday menus, the bereaved are struggling with other concerns: how long does grief last? Will the holidays always be this awful? What do we do with the empty place at the table? What is there to be thankful for this year? Join us this week as we sift through the tinsel, trinkets and tears to find some ways to survive the approaching holiday season.

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