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Surviving the Holidays after a Loved One’s Death: Economic Woes Add to Holiday Pressure for People Who Grieve


New GriefShare website offers valuable tools for holiday survival

Wake Forest, NC, USA, November 18, 2008 – People who have experienced the death of a loved one often face Thanksgiving and Christmas with dread. Long-standing family traditions will never be the same; the hope and joy that normally accompany the season are replaced by depression and loneliness. This year’s economic downturn will add even more pressure on people who are grieving while facing already-difficult financial circumstances.

GriefShare, an international network of grief recovery support groups, has launched a special hope-filled “Surviving the Holidays” website to offer practical tools and suggestions designed to help a grieving person construct a healthy approach to the holiday season. The website can be found at

The GriefShare Surviving the Holidays website includes practical, actionable strategies that will help people in grief:

- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Remember and honor their loved one
- Minimize loneliness
- Establish new traditions
- Help children adjust to new family dynamics
- Help others in need
- Focus on the true meaning of the holidays

The GriefShare Surviving the Holidays website features an extensive collection of online videos with advice from top experts on how to survive the holiday season, and the real-life stories of people who’ve experienced the challenges of Thanksgiving and Christmas while grieving the loss of a family member or friend.

“Most people who are grieving a death anticipate a dark, depressing experience as they face the weeks ahead of and during the holidays,” said GriefShare founder Steve Grissom. “We’ve designed this material to help restore hope and optimism to Thanksgiving and Christmas, even while in the midst of the deep pain of grief. The information is not complicated — it consists of simple steps a person can take to make the holidays manageable and even enjoyable.”

About GriefShare
GriefShare is a network of nearly 6,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer grief recovery support groups. A searchable database of GriefShare groups is located on the web at GriefShare is a ministry of Church Initiative of Wake Forest, NC.



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