Archive for Thanksgiving

  • “Who’s going to carve the turkey this year now that Dad has died?”
  • “I don’t have the energy or desire to shop, to decorate, or to be around others this year at Christmas.”
  • “I just want to erase Chanukah this year. I’ll just feel too empty without my husband to celebrate.”

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza and New Year’s Day are annual holidays that can be a very difficult time for people who have experienced the death of someone loved. Memories of good times and togetherness at the holiday season serve to remind us of our loss. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one. Particularly in the first year, many bereaved are left with having to develop new holiday rituals and traditions.

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10 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays (via PR Newswire)

CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The glitz and glitter in the stores, special traditions and get-togethers with family and friends make the holidays a time of anticipation and joy.  However, holidays can act as a trigger for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. While…

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Nov
22

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

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Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.  ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

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