Struggling with grief, isolation during the holidays

Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries can be difficult times after the death of a loved one. Emotional wounds can ache during these occasions of warmth and cheer. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can magnify.

During the first year after a death, special moments in life – holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays – are experienced for the first time without our loved one. Then, too, at the end of the first year, there is the anniversary of the death. Those who have experienced a recent death will also be contending with additional effects due to the pandemic.

Special days of significance may always trigger thoughts and feelings about the death of your loved one. It is possible to move through these times in ways that can be meaningful to you.

You can learn coping strategies by attending a free virtual program offered by Evergreen Hospice. A memorial component will be included in the program, and a children’s memorial activity will be offered prior to the main event.

The upcoming Zoom sessions start at 7 p.m. and are scheduled for November 30 and December 17. The children’s memorial activity will be offered at 6:15 p.m. during both sessions.

To receive your Zoom link and to register for the children’s memorial activity, contact the Evergreen office at: 416 499-2185 ex 107 or [email protected]

Evergreen provides community-based supportive programs to individuals and their families in Markham, Stouffville, and Thornhill, who are living with a life-threatening illness or coping with the death of a loved one. Services are provided free of charge and are specifically designed to meet the needs of children, teens, and adults.

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