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John James, founder of The Grief Recovery Institute

John W. James

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Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve

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Russell Friedman, Executive Director of The Grief Recovery Institute

Russell Friedman

Executive Director
Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve


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Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

While there are other critical dates and times that affect grieving people, the holiday season is the biggest stimulus to provoke memories and feelings about important people in our lives who have died or who are no longer present at our holiday celebrations and rituals because of divorce or other estrangements. Many people struggle with their feelings during the holidays, not knowing how to deal with their own emotions, much less those of others they love.

Here are ten tips. The first five relate primarily to the death of someone important to you. That person might have been a loved one or may have been what we call a less than loved one, but you will probably still be affected by their absence. The second set of five tips relates either to the death of a spouse or to divorce. We are not comparing those experiences, but we are suggesting that the tips can be helpful in either situation.

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Ask John & Russell – Sometimes grief feels like a long-term, low-grade infection, and time doesn't make it go away. (Published 10/28/2014)

Q:

My son died soon after he turned 30, nearly five years ago. Our relationship was complex and we had our issues and 'ups and downs', but we were very close. One could say we grew up together. He was my only child. I have managed well and I think I did all the right things. I'm working and am married. My problem is that I can't seem to get over this constant sadness, anger, and depression. I don't blame it all on my son's death, but I still feel like that is the underlying issue that feeds this malaise. I sometimes feel stuck. Do you have any thoughts or advice for me?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Anon,

Thanks for your note and question.

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