death dying, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Holiday blues: Four mistakes we make when comforting friends who are struggling — Dying & Death Talk

We need to admit that sometimes we do not know what to say. For someone who recently had a loved one die wishing them 'Happy Holidays' might not be a good choice. Instead one could say: "I know it is holiday time and your .........recently died. How are you doing?" (and really listen) or be… Continue reading Holiday blues: Four mistakes we make when comforting friends who are struggling — Dying & Death Talk

Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

The Holidays and Bereavement

A good article on grief, mourning, and bereavement... and the holidays. For many, the upcoming holidays are a happy and joyful time filled with family, friends, gifts, food, and time spent together. For others, the upcoming holidays are a time that makes them sad, sorrowful, unhappy and brings back memories of a loved one. For… Continue reading The Holidays and Bereavement

death dying, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

The Holidays and Grieving…

These are all great blog posts and articles on grief, grieving, and the holidays. No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or another holiday at this time of year- the ideas and message are the same. Grieve, remember, come up with new traditions while honoring and remembering the old ones. Very good advice: "Memories can sometimes… Continue reading The Holidays and Grieving…

Humanity

Pay it Forward for the Holidays…..

I loved the movie and the book, ‘Pay it Forward. ' To think it took a child to start something amazing at his school. I also like Kevin Spacey as an actor and he played his role well.  As a continuation of my article on  ‘Compassion during the Holidays,'  I would like this to be a… Continue reading Pay it Forward for the Holidays…..

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

What is Best for the Client/Patient?

by Victoria Brewster, MSW So, the holidays are only a few weeks away…. now is a time to think what does a client need? How can we best assist them? Personally, as the holidays are only a few weeks way, I find older clients need more, are sicker or are dying. Is it the time… Continue reading What is Best for the Client/Patient?

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

The Holidays: A Difficult Time of Year for Many

by Victoria Brewster, MSW The holidays bring up warm memories to some and for others makes them want to hide for the next 6 weeks. I have fond memories of childhood holiday gatherings with my family; the food, the baking, the decorating, buying gifts, wrapping the gifts, the general holiday spirit that is everywhere at… Continue reading The Holidays: A Difficult Time of Year for Many