Home Grief during the Holidays

Grief during the Holidays

Holidays can create feelings of dread and anxiety in those who are bereaved. The clichéd images of family togetherness and the often unrealistic expectations of a season filled with picture perfect, joyful gatherings can cause tremendous stress for those who are not grieving – let alone those in the midst of the painful, isolating experience of loss.

Creating new rituals and new traditions that pay tribute to the memory of the deceased is one way to survive, and perhaps even embrace the holidays when a loved one has died.

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Once you have remembered your loved one, make sure you remember yourself. Take care of yourself. Be gentle. Do what you can do – no more and no less. Cedar Valley Hospice offers free grief counseling to anyone in our community. To set up a meeting, call 319.272.2002 or 800.626.2360,