The article, “Feelings of grief, loss can be strong during holidays”, by Kim Miller states
“Often facing holidays can make existing grief from a recent loss feel heavier; the holidays can make distant grief come bubbling to the surface; chances are if you have lost”
Holiday grief is a serious issue for many who lost a loved one. Especially, the first Christmas or New Year without a loved one. It is natural to grieve and grief counselors should encourage this.
Grief counselors should also prepare their clients for this time of year and to remember to let them to grieve. It is important that many family members are alone or suffer greatly during this time of year.
New traditions are also important in how they may commerorate the loss of a loved one. Families can decide which traditions are best suited for them. Maybe an ornament for the particular loved one for the Christmas Tree, or a special candle during Hanukkah.
If you are interested in grief counseling, then please review the program. After completion of grief counseling courses, the professional is eligible for certification in grief counseling. The certification in grief counseling lasts three years upon which it is renewed.
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