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Changing Holiday Traditions; Keeping Holiday Values

Holidays and special days occupy such a unique space in our minds and memories. I don't remember what I did last Wednesday, but I remember the feelings of Thanksgiving three decades ago. I remember who was there, where we were,

16 Ideas for Creating New Holiday Tradition After a Death

Someone you love has died and now the holidays will never be the same. I'm sorry to put this so plainly, but it's true, and you need to acknowledge it. Too often, people stumble into the holidays after a death

New Perspective on Old Traditions: Grief and the Holidays

Friends, the time has come. Gather up your emotional armor and summon all your strength for it is the holiday season. We (yes we’re with you!) will not be defeated. Neither an unrelenting barrage of grief triggers nor the logistical

5 Tips: Surviving Tradition for the Children’s Sake

After a family member dies, it's common for adults to feel they have to engage in holiday ritual and tradition for the sake of the children. In many ways, keeping up with family tradition provides children with comfort and reassurance

Three Books to Bring Conversations about Death, Grief, & Loss into the Classroom

The following is a guest post by Lauren McGovern. Lauren lives in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. She is a teacher at North Country School in Lake Placid, NY. Visit for more about her and her work.

Coping with Grief Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about the different therapeutic approaches commonly used to manage grief. Despite our love for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a coping method for grief, we’ve never explicitly discussed the approach (although we have

Searching and Yearning in Grief

I have a fuzzy memory of being a child at the grocery store with my mother. I was little, probably only about as tall as her waist. And young enough that separation in a public place like Wegmans made me

Will We Make Room for Grief in the “New Normal”?

I live catty-corner to two schools - a public middle school and a private boy's high school. Each school has a different process for getting students onto their campus each morning. The middle school transports students in its traditional yellow

What is an Ethical Will?

The tradition of an ethical will, or a 'tzava’ot', comes from the Jewish faith. It is a document passed down through families that shares wisdom and values from one generation to the next. Though they are traditionally created by an