Stress can be defined as a response to change. The change can be good, such as starting a new job, or it can be bad, such as the death of a loved one. The body responds regardless. Few things are as stressful as the death of a loved one. But even this stressor does not occur in isolation. Death occurs in the context of other stressors: illnesses, injuries, job changes, moving, financial difficulties… and even the holidays.
The holidays seem to magnify everything else going on around. Happy circumstances meld into the joyful. But for the grieving, the sense of loss can become paralyzing. Holidays happen. So how does one cope at a time of year when the emphasis seems to be on family and joy and celebration – particularly when you feel completely unable to enter into that spirit?
The Center for Hope and Healing is offering a special workshop on December 5th, addressing the unique needs of the grieving during the holidays. If you are struggling with how to face the holidays following the loss of a loved one, come to one of the workshop sessions–Holidays Happen: How to Survive Yours. Workshops will be offered at 1:00pm and 6:00pm on December 5th at the Center for Hope and Healing at 1112 SW 6th, adjacent to the Midland Findables Resale Store.