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International Grief Therapist Releases 10 Strategies for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One during the Holidays
Date:11/21/2013

(PRWEB) November 21, 2013

For many, it is a time of joy and cheer and family gatherings. There is nothing like the holiday season that acts as an emotional trigger for unresolved issues around a loss. Through her practice, licensed psychotherapist Edy Nathan, MA, LCSW has discovered that anger, anxiety, depression and guilt are some of the emotions that erupt during the holidays when a person is grieving. In one moment there is a sense that the grief is receding and in the next moment there is a trigger that catapults you into the throes of sadness or anxiety or anger. Nathan’s new tips and holiday grief meditation help many people cope without suffering in silence.

When death affects a family, no one reacts in exactly the same way. Grief is an individual experience. This is most apparent during the holidays where the reactions range from the choice to ignore the loss or ignore the holidays. Nathan says that neither of those options is recommended because the former is a denial and the latter is not living. As she explains, “The third choice, yes it is a choice, is to find the balance between the depths of sadness while being present during the celebration. To find that balance is a difficult and daunting task.” She recommends these strategies for coping with loss during the holidays:

1.    Getting through the holidays when grieving isn’t about forgetting: it is about remembering in a serene way. Tell a funny story about the family member. Humor is helpful in alleviating the pressure that grief presents.
2.    Don’t ignore the emotions: acknowledge them. If they are overwhelming create a symbolic box where the emotions can be stored. When ready, go to the box, and meet th
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