What you’re feeling is normal
“Surviving the Holidays gave me insight into what to expect and strength to go on.”
Judith, event attendee
Grief is harder around the holidays
Know how to deal with the challenges
Facing this season while grieving can sometimes feel like taking one step forward and two steps back. But like a trusted guide, a 2-hour Surviving the Holidays event will prepare you to navigate the season’s changes.
Holiday traditions have changed
Social events are draining
Sights, songs & smells trigger emotions
“There were practical ideas on how to navigate the season.”
Meg, event attendee
Helpful strategies for coping
From trusted grief experts
“We can inadvertently put pressure on ourselves to do what other people think we should … but there’s complete liberty to say, ‘I can’t do that this year.’”
Julie E. Lowe, counselor
“It’s important to have a ‘family huddle’ at the holidays, so we’re all on the same page and know what’s important to whom.”
Mel Erickson, hospice social worker
“I always make one of my mom’s recipes. It keeps the memories alive, sparks conversation, and encourages those relationships to continue to grow and be healthy.”
Dr. Paul Tautges, counselor & pastor
What to expect
How Surviving the Holidays works
What happens at a 2-hour event
The event begins with a 35-minute video that will help you feel understood and encouraged, with stories of people who have found healing after loss and practical tips from experts.
After the video, you will be given a safe, nonjudgmental space to share your experiences and feelings with the group—or simply listen. There’s no pressure to talk if you don’t want to!
The power of community
Other people understand
More than just practical tips, GriefShare Surviving the Holidays is a community of people who know what it’s like to walk through the holidays in grief. You will find connection and comfort in knowing you’re not alone this season. People who have attended repeatedly share how helpful this is.
“Knowing I was not alone—and that these people understood my emotions—was a powerful thing to experience.”
Andrea, event attendee