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Survive the holidays with a special Hastings seminar
The holidays are coming up and for many that means a chance to get around your family and share some of the traditions that families have. But for others it's a hard time especially after you've just lost a loved one. There is a seminar coming up called "Surviving the Holidays" from GriefShare. Belva Junker spoke with News 5 to talk about the event.
Amy West: First of all, when and where is this going to be?
Belva Junker: This will be on Saturday, November 10th. It's basically 2 hours. We're going to start at 9:15 and begin with some rolls and coffee and then the morning will feature a 35 minute video which is grief experts across the country as they talk about their particular losses of a loved one. And I'm sure the people that come will recognize some of the names and the faces from the video. They not only talk about their experiences, but some of the things they did to cope with the holidays.
Amy: And why are the holidays so difficult when you're going through the loss of a loved one?
Belva: I think we all just put such great expectations on the holidays. It's those relationship issues - maybe getting to see people we haven't seen real recently. And traditions are so much a part of our holidays. Then when we need to go through that holiday without the loved one, and maybe that person was the one that carved the turkey or they were the one that helped go out and cut down the Christmas tree and then all of a sudden they're not there and so how are we going to make it through the holidays without that person.
Amy: Filling the hole that's there is what you have to deal with. And that's just one of the topics you're going to discuss. Also, how to prepare for the holidays, how to get into the holiday season and also using the holidays to help you heal which you may not think about as being a healing experience.
Belva: GriefShare: "Surviving the Holidays" is Christian-based and so we're going to talk about what's the real meaning of Christmas. And also as part of the GriefShare program we use the term "being ambushed" by grief and that's a term that means we think we're doing well, we haven't cried for a few days, but there'll be that trigger. There will be a song or a phrase that someone uses or even a food. All of a sudden the tears are just there. We can prepare for those things and these special days. It makes it easier to get through them.
Amy: Once again, it's called GriefShare: "Surviving the Holidays" and it's November 10th at First St. Paul's Youth and Family Center in Hastings, Lexington Ave.
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