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Finding joy in the holidays following loss

The holidays are upon us. It’s a time of giving, goodwill and hope for the future. But for families suffering the death of a friend or loved one, a major illness or a family breakup, it may be difficult to celebrate.


Many people often struggle with feelings of guilt. Marti joined KARE 11 News at 11‘s Bryan Piatt with this advice on how to cope and find joy in the season despite life-altering events:

1) Talk openly about the feelings before the holiday

2) Decide together what to repeat from past rituals & what to do differently this year

3) Set aside a designated time for remembering together

4) Focus on the surviving loved ones

5) Seek and accept extra support from friends

6) If you’re a friend of someone going through a loss, reach out!


To view the video of this KARE 11 News at 11 segment, play the video box above.

To read Marti’s tip sheet on holidays after loss, click here.

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