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Grief During the Holidays: Some Tips

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The holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness.

Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss—not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.

As we approach the holiday consider the following tips:
1) For some, continuing traditions without a loved one may be an important way to continue sharing their memory. For others, it may be more comforting to develop new rituals.

2) The holidays are often filled with pressure and stress. Grieving people should be encouraged to prioritize what needs to be done, and focus on those projects that may bring pleasure. Perhaps the gift list can be pared down, cards need not be sent out, or another family member can cook this year.

3) The holidays can bring opportunities to remember the person who has died in a way that is personally meaningful. The annual Joliet Area Community Hospice Lights of Love Memorial Service and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 27 at the Rialto Theatre. This is a time when families can honor their loved ones together the night before thanksgiving.

The JACH Bereavement counselors are available to help support families coping with loss throughout the year. Your loved one did not have to be in the hospice program to benefit from this service.

If you or a loved one are interested in hospice or palliative care or bereavement services, please contact Joliet Area Community Hospice at 815-740-4104. JACH is our community’s choice for quality hospice and palliative care and a United Way Agency.