"Every day can be difficult when a loved one dies, but during the holiday
season feelings of grief can intensify," said
At the Highmark Caring Place, children and adults receive encouragement and support from other children and adults who have also experienced a death and discover that they are not alone in their grief.
"Children grieve differently than adults, and their need to grieve in their own way is sometimes overlooked," said Vorsheck. "Children don't just 'get over' grief. They need time to learn to cope with their loss and the many other changes that often occur."
To cope with grief during the holiday season, the Highmark Caring Place offers the following tips, which are available in a complete "Coping With Grief at the Holidays" brochure available to the community by visiting http://www.highmarkcaringplace.com or by calling 1-888-224-HOPE (4673).
-- Realize that the anticipation of the holidays is often as difficult as or even more difficult than the holidays themselves. -- Remember your limits. Grieving takes energy. Be gentle with yourself and your children, and allow yourself to take whatever time for yourself you need. -- Seek out supportive people who accept your feelings and allow you to express them. -- Don't get caught in unreasonable expectations. You don't need to provide the perfect holiday. -- Take time beforehand to plan out your activities. Decide which traditions you will keep and which you may change. -- Embrace your memories, and share stories that make you laugh and cry. -- Talk about your grief and about the person who has died. -- Remember that everyone grieves differently, even within the same family. -- Allow children and adolescents space to grieve in their own way. -- Seek comfort in your faith if it is important to you. -- Remember that your grief is important and unique.
About the Highmark Caring Place
At three locations in
Resources available through the Caring Place for grieving children and families can be accessed by contacting one of the facilities, or by visiting the organization's Web site at http://www.highmarkcaringplace.com. For more information about the Caring Place, call 1-888-224-HOPE (4673).
SOURCE Highmark Caring Place