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Grief During the Holidays

For some this season is not a time of good cheer. The Holidays can be difficult for many, as we grieve the loss of our loved ones during a time that is supposed to be about celebration and family.

Suggestions to Cope with the Holidays

Gifts You Can't Buy With Money, Author Unknown

Handout Holiday Survival ChecklistAuthor Unknown

How to Help Ourselves Through the Holidays, Donna Kalb

Helpful Ideas for Journying Through the HolidaysAuthor Unknown

Coping with Special Days and HolidaysAuthor Unknown

How to Cope with Grief During the Holidays, Dr. Tali Berliner

Grief & Holidays, Grie.com


Coping with Social Events and the Holidays: A Widow's Story, Lisa Scott

3 Cs of Coping with the Holidays, Kenneth J. Doka (Courtesy of Hospice Foundation of America)

Guilt and Grief During the Holidays, Eleanor Haley

8 Tips for Remaining Present at the Holidays (While Grieving), Eleanor Haley

Handling the Holidays When You Are Feeling Blue, Marty Tousley

Grief: Special Days and Holidays Brochure, Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services

Navigating Grief and Loss During the Holidays Dee Sterm

Resources for Children

Helping Children Cope with the Holidays, Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home

Helping Grieving Children Handle the Holidays, adapted from Ralph Klicker

Helping Grieving Children and Yourself Cope with the Holidays, adapted from Terry Androsky

Helping Grieving Children Through the Holidays, Jodi Rule-Rouse and Linda Ranson Jacobs

7 Tips to Support Grieving Children During the Holidays, Heather Stang

Childre & Grief: How to help kids with loss early in life, Podcast with Jana Decristofaro

Grief During the Holidays Events

KELOWNA - SUPPORT GROUP-  Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Hollidays: Help and Hope as You Navigate the Christmas Season

Through Grief Share, Trinity Church - Kelowna is offering a one time in person seminar on Surviving the Holidays. This seminar is Christian-based grief support program and is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one and needs help to get through the holidays season. 

Date & Time: November 26,2022. at 10:00am - 12:30pm

Event location: Springfield Funeral Home - 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

Meeting: In person

Cost: no cost (includes a guide)

For more information contact Joanne Bonk 778-363-0818Trinity Church - Kelowna Surviving the Holidays - GriefShare

Vancouver Hospice Society- Coping Through The Holidays

This gathering will be a supportive community event focused on providing coping strategies, resources as well as discussing ways to navigate the holiday season alone or with loved ones. The event is facilitated by the Vancouver Hospice Bereavement Counselling Team and is open to Vancouver residents.

Where: Celebration Hall - 5445 Fraser Street, Vancouver, B.C
When: December 2nd - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
No charge to participate - *Registration is required*

To register, please email: alison@vancouverhospice.org For more information, please contact: phone: 604-737-7305 ext 216

Vancouver Hospice Society


VIRTUAL - LUMARA ONLINE "MINI-RETREAT" - Interlude: A Holiday Grief Gathering 


This “mini-retreat” day will offer five different online sessions designed to help grieving people connect with a supportive community and recharge from the stress of the holiday season. Members of Lumara’s counselling team will facilitate all sessions. You can choose to attend one session or participate in several sessions.

Date: Sunday, December 4th

When: 10:30 am PST - 6:00 pm PST

Where: Zoom

Hourly Schedule:

10:30-11:30 am PST Session One: Adult Grief Support Group (suitable for adults) will offer an opportunity to connect with other grievers and learn some helpful strategies for coping with your grief during the holidays. 

12-1 pm PST Session Two: Christmas Sing-a-long (suitable for families) will offer a fun-filled, relaxing hour of singing favourite holidays songs and Christmas carols. 

1:30-2:30 pm PST  Session Three: Family Art Therapy (suitable for families) will offer an opportunity to make a salt dough ornament craft with your family.

3-4 pm PST Session Four: Indigenous Cultural Rituals (suitable for adults) will discuss the power of cultural rituals and practices in healing during times of grief and loss.  

5-6 pm PST Session Five: Mindfulness Meditation (suitable for adults) will offer an opportunity to relax through a guided meditation process and mindfulness breathing techniques.

Visit here for more info on the event.

To register please go to: http://lumaraprogramming.campbrainregistration.com 

The zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date.

In lieu of a registration fee, they ask that participants consider making a donation to the Society in line with their own comfort level. (Suggested donation: $10 per session).