Holidays and Grief: It’s More Than a Day … It’s a Season

Holidays and Grief: It’s More Than a Day … It’s a Season ~ Press Release from Regional Hospice

DANBURY, CT — “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

So goes a popular winter holiday tune. But while the holidays arrive with joy and the anticipation of spending meaningful time with friends and family, for many who are grieving the loss of loved ones, the holidays can be the most dreaded time of the year.

The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families, a bereavement center established by Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc., will offer five Thursday group events in December at the Federation of Jewish Communities of Western CT to help those who are grieving during the holidays.

“Group members have a chance to share the story of their loss, as well as how they are coping,” explained Jenny Casey, MSW, group facilitator. “They may be dealing with great sadness, depression, anger, fear or confusion. They may also be dealing with their own or others’ expectations that the holidays should be enjoyable, and they may feel pressure to socialize, decorate and feel merry and bright when they just don’t have it in them.”

For the bereaved during the holidays, what once was enjoyable may now be draining and depressing. They are missing their loved ones and just don’t have the energy or desire to

more – -celebrate.

“And it’s not just one day to get through — it’s a season,” said Casey. “Starting after Halloween, the decorations begin to go up and the newspapers, magazines and airwaves are filled with holiday themes and commercials. All of this can add to feelings of sadness and loneliness.”

Attending a support group like “Holidays and Grief” can help people get through the season. “Death and grief are not topics that people generally like to talk about,” said Casey. “The bereaved may feel isolated and alone. Sharing with others who can relate normalizes feelings and experiences, and provides support and perspective.”

WHAT: WHEN: WHERE:

“Holidays and Grief” Support Group Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. The Federation of Jewish Communities of Western CT, 440 Main Street North, Southbury, CT

To register, please call Healing Hearts at (203) 792-4422.

The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families is a program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc. The nonprofit home care and hospice agency offers real hope for those facing advanced illness through patient-focused care, education, resources and advocacy. We help patients and families discover what end-of- life care can be—what can be gained, what can be realized and what can be recaptured. For more information, visit http://www.RegionalHospiceCT.org or call (203) 702-7400.

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