60-Minute Presentation for Bereaved Families By Heather Stang
Managing Grief During the Holidays Session Description:
The holidays are stressful enough when you are not grieving. And grief is hard enough without all the reminders and demands placed upon you during what is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year. If you have experienced a major loss, this holiday season will be different than the last, and whether you share your grief openly, or keep things to yourself, managing your internal and external struggles will be less challenging once you master a few basic coping skills and plan how you want to approach the holidays.
During this workshop, we will explore how you can manage the painful and mixed feelings that accompany grief, maintain your physical health, and explore how new and old traditions and rituals can support you during this tough time. We will discuss the three principles of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness, and consider how they can help you navigate the holiday season.
Just as there is no right or wrong way to grieve, how you choose to manage difficult emotions, social events and relationships during the holiday season will be as unique as your own experience of loss. The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do to reduce your suffering, remember your loved ones, and even reconnect with the real reason for the season.