Coping with Grief During the Holidays
Washington, DC - A question commonly asked by bereaved people at this time of year is, "How can I get through the holidays?" There is really no single answer of what one should or shouldn't do. Hospice Foundation of America stresses one guiding principle: do what is comfortable.
"When we are already experiencing the great stress of bereavement, the additional strains of the holidays can create unbearable pressure," commented Jack Gordon, President of HFA. "The key to coping with grief during the holidays is to find the way that is right for you."
Some people find it helpful to be with family and friends, emphasizing the familiar. Others may wish to avoid old sights and sounds, perhaps even taking a trip. Others will find new ways to acknowledge the season.
Here are some key points from HFA's Holiday Grief Campaign:
As part of their campaign to educate and assist people at this time of the year, HFA produces several resources. This includes a special Holiday issue of their Journeys bereavement newsletter, an educational feature article distributed across the country and available for reprint, and HFA's Living With Grief brochure series. A special Internet Chat Session set for December 1st, 11:00am - 12noon on www.healthAtoZ.com, with senior consultant Kenneth Doka, Ph.D. focuses on grief during the holidays.
Hospice Foundation of America, with offices in Miami Beach and Washington, DC is a non-profit, grassroots organization educating the public about loss and end-of-life care. For a copy of HFA's Holiday Grief article or other resources, or to schedule an interview with a HFA representative, please contact Jon Radulovic at 1-800-854-3402; or download the article from our Web site at: www.hospicefoundation.org
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