Grief Counseling Certification Program Article on Season and Holiday Depression

As the weather changes, so does our moods.   This is especially true of those individuals who live farther North.   With the settling of Winter, one’s energy levels lower in correlation with the shorter days.  As night comes earlier and earlier, individuals are drained of post work energy and find themselves sleeping and relaxing more.  This has negative effects on health.  Exercise is essential not just for health but also one’s mental and emotional status.

 

The change of weather and darker days can lead to seasonal depression. The person may not experience any loss but still become clinically depressed

Colder and darker nights do have effects on moods.  Seasonal depression can set in on these grey and dark days and nights.  Less exercise, less light and less energy all play into the hands of seasonal depression.   Seasonal depression spikes at a higher level after the Holidays.  Many suffer from depression after the Holidays.   The fun and excitement disappear and the return to regular regiment and life becomes the new norm.  Add the somber weather and darkness, then one can see an emotional drop compounded with negative weather.

Individuals already dealing with stress and grief will have a more difficult trek but it can also effect others with no existing grief.  Depression can be over nothing.  It can be a mental state with no true loss.  Seasonal and winter depression hence can strike those suffering from loss but also those who are merely struck with clinical depression merely due to the change of seasons, the end of the holidays, and the beginning of a cold and dark winter.

So we can look at two individuals suffering from season depression.  The first person experienced recent loss and is under enormous stress.   This person is not only dealing with the change of weather, lack of energy and darker days, but also bombarded with the loss and the stress that surrounds it.  The person is trying to adjust to the loss especially as the holidays approach but this becomes completely impossible.

The first holidays without a loved one can be the most difficult and most depressing.  It will in fact take many years before the holidays can be viewed with some slight excitement.  The bereaved person will have to learn to adapt to future holidays without the loved one and also learn to incorporate new ways of commemorating the deceased.  All of these things will take years and years, but until then, the first holiday without a loved one can be a dismal affair.   In fact, there may be no celebration that year. Instead the person may remain alone or avoid festivities.

Many can fall into seasonal depression after the holidays. The lack of decor and excitement and return to normal routine can cause a sadness to the soul

 

Compounded by this, they will suffer from the seasonal weather and lack of longer days.  The grey and cold will only illustrate what they feel inside.  While coping, it is possible this person may enter into a type of depression.

The other individual has no reason for grief.  He or she has not lost a loved one, but for whatever reason they feel a true emptiness.  There is no explanation for his or her grief.  The change of weather, lack of light and end of the holidays brings a barren and empty feeling.  This individual suffers from a true clinical depression.  There is no loss but the individual nonetheless feels empty.

So it is true that during the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, there can season depression.  Some already suffering from loss may grieve more heavily and some may even fall into a depression.  Others will suffer from an unexplained depression after the holidays.   The change in season definitely plays a key role whether it is the cause or merely an enhancement.  The reality is this time of year is harder than other times of year to deal with grief or even stress and for those even not dealing with these things merely due to the nature of the season, weather and climate.

This time of year is physically colder, damper and darker but also spiritually bright with so many cultural and spiritual holidays.  Hence it can prey on both the grieving and merely mentally unhealthy.

Those who suffer due to no reason but only mental and emotional response to the change of seasons should actively seek help.   Counselors can provide the needed guidance but sometimes others need the guidance of clinical counseling.  These individuals suffering from clinical depression will need medication.

Those who are suffering loss or remembering lost loved ones will also grieve.  They may need professional assistance as well but if not, they can in time learn to better cope and learn to remember the loved ones not present.  They can learn to commemorate the loss and find some joy in the love that was shared through memory and stories.

 

Some who experience loss during this time, already suffer and the climate merely compounds and reflects their inner sadness.

 

During the seasonal change it is important for individuals to try to remain active.  Gyms and other activities are key.  Physical exercise drops considerably during this time span from November through February and individuals need to remain faithful to a schedule.  They need to exercise not just for good physical health but also mental health.

Also, trying to make the winter months more special is key.  Perhaps going to the movies, skating, or bowling are good ideas.  Making a certain night a special night with family or friends to watch a favorite show or having a night out once a week to a restaurant.    It is important to take joy in the little things when the weather and time of day light is not as giving.

This of course is difficult when suffering from clinical depression or remembering a loss, but with counseling and if needed, medication, one should attempt to find some good from these months and still enjoy the little things of life.  Better coping strategies, exercise and doing little things can help one get through the darker and colder months.  Physical and mental health should be a top priority in these months!

Grief Counselors can help others cope through these dark months, and in some cases, licensed counselors are needed for issues that require medication, but through acknowledgement and a firm resolution, one can fight through these darker and colder months and find enjoyment during and after the holidays despite loss and despite seasonal change.

Season grief plays a large factor in depression from November through February. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification program

 

If you would like to learn more about grief counseling or would like to become a certified grief counselor then please review the American Academy of Grief Counseling’s Grief Counseling certification program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on the Effects of Losing a Child

Noone can comprehend the pain and suffering a parent suffers when they lose a child.  This is perhaps the most painful cross on earth.  Naturally it carries many complications for a parent who unnaturally buries a child.

The loss of a child can devastate any parent.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification Program
The loss of a child can devastate any parent. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification Program

The article, What the Death of a Child Does to Parents, Psychologically and Biologically, by Joshue Krisch reviews the psychological, as well as biological tool on parents.  He states,

 

“The death of a child may be considered the worst trauma that any human can experience. Though it’s not a terribly common experience in the United States—about 10,000 children between the ages of 1 and 14 died in 2016—the horrific potential for childhood mortality looms large.”

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Grief Counseling Certification Program Article on Losing a Child

The sad reality of losing a child is the worse loss one can experience in life.  This article looks into it and how one again finds meaning in their work.

Losing a child can make any meaning in one's life vanish. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification Program
Losing a child can make any meaning in one’s life vanish. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification Program

The article, Finding meaning in work after the death of my child, by Jacqueline Dooley states,

“For the past 15 years, I’ve worked from my home office — a tiny room sandwiched between my daughters’ bedrooms. My job requires nothing more than a computer, an Internet connection and a phone.”

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Grief Counseling Certification Program Article on Loss and Christmas

Losing a family member to cancer can be horrible.  The loss itself can be taking place during Christmas and the Holidays.  During this time, the anticipation of loss and the fear of losing a loved one can mix with the emotion of Christmas time and family

Losing family during Christmas can be rough. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification Program
Losing family during Christmas can be rough. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification Program

The article, “Losing a Loved One to Cancer: How to Cope with Grief During the Holidays” by Jennifer Castoro states

“The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, certainly. But for anyone who’s lost a loved one — whether within the year that past or many years ago — it can also bring a unique sadness.”

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Grief Counseling Certification Program: Grief Has No Expiration Date

An article that describes the reality that if you love then you will eventually one day grieve.  Grief has no expiration date because true love has no expiration date.

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Please review our grief counseling certification program

This article is a good read for individuals who worry their grief lasts too long.  The answer, grief will remain, but become bearable over time.

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How My Daughter Has Lived With Her Brother’s Death

Losing a sibling during childhood can be very traumatic. Please review our grief counseling certification program
Losing a sibling during childhood can be very traumatic. Please review our grief counseling certification program

Think back to when you were 5 years old. I remember that time in my life fondly. School was new and exciting and you’re happy to learn new things.

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A great article about sibling grief over the loss of a brother or sister.  This article writte from a parent’s perspective of how their suriving child deals with the loss of her brother

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Ongoing Relationships With Those who Have Died – What’s Your Grief

Are continuing bonds healthy? Please review our grief counseling training program
Are continuing bonds healthy? Please review our grief counseling certification program

I cling to scraps of my mother.  I’ll take anything I can get. I’ve extracted all that I can from my memories; turning each one over in my mind, carefully searching for something I might have forgotten.

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There is nothing unhealthy with continuing bonds with a deceased family member.  Keeping on to possessions is a natural way to remember.  Of course there is examples of unhealthy bonding when for example someone refuses to go through clothes after a year or two but this article focuses on the healthy relationships we can have with the deceased.

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Grief: The unspoken holiday emotion

Through all the lights, grief is hidden but friends can help. Please also review our grief counseling certification program
Through all the lights, grief is hidden but friends can help. Please also review our grief counseling certification program

Grieving families say festivities and decorations can spur painful memories, but friendship helps carry them through.

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Good article reminding us of the many who suffer through the holidays via loss of a loved one. This article puts things into perspective for many who have not yet tasted the loss of a loved one and a holiday

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Talking about death can be a healthy experience

Talking about death should not be shunned but seen as important.  Please review our Grief Counseling Certification Program
Talking about death should not be shunned but seen as important. Please review our Grief Counseling Certification Program

Talking about death can be a healthy experience

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Talking about dying is important during life. it can also be healthy for someone to experience and share with loved ones.  It is not a taboo but it needs to be addressed

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If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief

What should be said and is not said with the grieving is far to common.  If you would like to learn more about our grief counseling certification program then review
What should be said and is not said with the grieving is far to common. If you would like to learn more about our grief counseling certification program then review

It might sound crazy, but I think there is definitely room for realistic and humorous cards for parents who’ve lost children. In a situation where no one really knows what to say, it’s nice to let a card do the talking.

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Very good article about the odd and sometimes wrong but well intentioned things we say to a griever.  What if we could make greeting cards for the bereaved, what would they say?  How many of these have you heard when you are down and thought “wow” or how many times after reading this have you seen yourself say some of the things you should not say?

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