If you have suffered a loss, whether its a loved one, pet, divorce, or just can't be with someone you love, you know how difficult the holidays can be. During the holiday season, anxiety and depression for those who are grieving grows! I have invited my colleague Andrea to join this discussion. Andrea is a therapist who has made it her life mission to help people that have struggled with grief and loss.
She states, "I remember the dread I felt for the first few years after my parents died…there was a hole in my heart and our holidays, and I didn’t know how to fill it up.As the years have passed, I have found the lighter side of grief. I started by trying strategies…hoping that something might work to alleviate my sadness and exhaustion. Hoping that I could bring the joy back into our family celebrations."
I too have struggled with grief. Many of you know that my dad passed away about a year and a half ago. I thought that all I had to do was get past the first year. Boy, was I wrong! The second year of grief was just as hard. I think in the second year I came to terms with the reality of things. Reality is a tough pill to swallow for sure.
I asked Andrea to come up with some solid ways to help manage grief during the holidays (and beyond). From self care to setting boundaries its all here in this episode. Please join us for this much needed discussion.
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