Handling Grief and Loss Through the Holidays

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When a family has suffered a death or a divorce, the holidays can seem cruel. In this post, Elena offers several helpful tips on how best to enjoy the season despite the emotional pain:

"4. Make new traditions that include your deceased loved one if that helps. We have visited my baby's grave site every Christmas Eve since the year he died. We put little tea lights out, sprinkle the grave with glitter and sing Silent Night. It has become our ritual. Last year we included my mom's grave too. And apparently we aren't alone. The cemetery can be a beautiful place at Christmas time with wreaths and decorations. I found a lot of comfort and even cheer in seeing that."


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