Managing Grief on Holidays and Special Days




After someone important dies, holidays and special days are never the same again. Traditions, events, parties, songs, and decorations – all the things you once enjoyed have now become triggers for sadness and emotion. The reality is, there will be moments that are deeply and profoundly painful on these special days. However, you may be able to soften grief’s overall impact by anticipating challenges and triggers, proactively identifying ways to cope, and by planning ahead.

General concepts covered in this course will include: Guidance on managing grief and planning for special days and holidays; Suggestions on how to thoughtfully approach tradition; Thoughts on handling family and social demands; Tips for coping with grief on holidays and special days; practical ideas for honoring and remembering loved ones.

Length of course: This course is self-paced

Who should take this course?

This course is appropriate for individuals grieving any type of loss.

Technology Requirement:

Participants should have access to a computer with Internet connection.


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