Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Virtual Hospice Advice for the Holidays

OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT ERICA
"The idea of putting up a tree and all this merriment... I just couldn’t see it." In this short video, David talks about how he and his young sons navigated Christmas after David’s wife and the boy’s mother, Erica, was killed by a careless driver while walking their dog. 

#OPTIONBTHERE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy wrote a instagram post about how difficult the holidays are for her and her family without her husband Dave Goldberg who died in 2015. She’s launched a new campaign called #OptionBThere. At optionb.org/holidays, you’ll find actions you can take to help friends and families who are struggling with illness or coping with loss this holiday season.

LIVING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
When someone you care about has died, you may be thinking about “getting through” or “surviving” the holidays. It is often during the holidays that you are more aware of the empty spot left by the one who has died. While, there is no one right way of facing the holidays when you and your family are grieving, exploring ways of honouring old family traditions while creating new ones may help. Spiritual care advisor Glen Horst’s article Grief in Times of Celebration: The Empty Spotprovides suggestions for finding new ways to live through the holidays.

WHAT I’VE LEARNED OVER THE 19 CHRISTMASES SINCE MY HUSBAND DIED
“Celebrating the holidays takes on a new poignancy when someone is dying. As hard as you try, it’s impossible to push away the persistent voices in your head murmuring, ‘This will probably be your last [insert holiday here] together as a family.’” Award winning journalist Katie Couric shares memories from the last Thanksgiving and Christmas spent with her husband Jay.

HOLIDAY SORROWS AND PRECIOUS GIFTS
In the article Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts, leading grief expert Thomas Attig reflects on grief during the holidays and the gifts that lost loved ones leave in our hearts.

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