Surviving the Holidays

In past years, the Christmas holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement … but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety and dread.

You are not alone.

Here you can connect with support, encouragement, and advice to survive the holidays. This site helps you:

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This website is brought to you by GriefShare, an international network of grief recovery support groups. Learn more about the value of participating in a GriefShare group. Some GriefShare groups will continue to meet through the holiday season, others will begin again in January. Find a group near you. You’ll be glad you did!

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Healing for the Holidays: Part One – A Promise

by Dr. Robert Kellemen

The thought of facing another holiday season causes some people to wish they could sleep from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving until January 2. Loss is always hard, and at the holidays it can seem crushing.

Healing for the Holidays: Part Two – Give Sorrow Words

by Dr. Robert Kellemen

C. S. Lewis famously wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Healing for the Holidays: Part Three – Q&A About Holiday Honesty

by Dr. Robert Kellemen

Four possible “push-backs” on Part Two: Give Sorrow Words. Consider these as Q/A about just how honest we should be around the holidays.

Healing for the Holidays: Part Four – A Lament for Your Loss

by Dr. Robert Kellemen

Six practical principles of lamenting holiday loss—whatever shape or size your loss takes.

Walking Through the Holidays

Asking yourself the questions in this article can help you to identify and face the specific feelings and concerns you have about the coming holidays.

Survival Tips for Handling the Holidays

Practical ideas for surviving the deep sorrow and pain you may be experiencing this holiday season.

Holiday Helps for Grieving Families

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the days become difficult for those who have lost loved ones. These helpful suggestions are from a woman who has experienced the death of her son.

Preparing for Christmas

Take care of yourself physically … celebrate Christmas in a simple manner … remember your loved one … serve others in need.

Building Memories at Christmas

Ways to honor and remember your loved one while keeping your focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Lessons from a Christmas Tree

A GriefShare participant shares how he faced his first Christmas after the death of his wife.

Holidays and Other Special Times

Suggestions from GriefShare group leaders and participants on how to make it through these emotionally challenging days.

Helping Grieving Children Through the Holidays

Your children may be confused and anxious about the holidays, even if they don’t express it. These ideas will help you and your children connect with each other and find a sense of peace and enjoyment in the coming days.

Give It All to Jesus, Even Those We Love

After a loved one’s death, many times we tend to focus on the negative. We can become overburdened with sadness, hurt, bitterness, and grief. This article gives practical advice on how you can give these burdens to Jesus and accept His comfort.

How to Help Your Grieving Child

Our Surviving the Holidays experts give practical answers to questions you may have about helping your grieving children through the holidays.

Coping with Loss and Grief During Seasons of Celebration

This article offers practical ideas for coping during the coming holidays and decreasing your stress in the process.