The holiday season is fast upon us. Seasonal celebrations and traditions bring joy, reconnection with loved ones, restore our spirits, and refresh us; these are the promises of the season. There is, however, a paradox. The holidays can also be a time of challenge, stress, or sadness; particularly if you are caring for a loved one who is ill, are newly bereaved, or are not feeling all that well yourself. For those who have lost dear ones, the festivities of the holidays can accentuate the sense of loss or loneliness of missing a dear one. Tender memories can become more painful during the holiday season.
This is why Hospice of the Valleys’ Bereavement Department holds an annual Coping with the Holidays event. This year’s event is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 21st, at 2:00 p.m., at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 4185 6th Street in Temecula. Two of our bereavement counselors, Mike Patton and Bill Koster, will present information on different ways of coping with the emotions of the holidays, battling the holiday blues, and finding constructive ways of getting the support you may need during the season. Discussion and sharing will be a part of the event. The event is free and open to the public.
We hope that your holiday season is rich with love and joy! If you think you may entertain a bit of the holiday blues, please consider joining us on November 21st. It’s always a good thing to add some constructive and supportive tools for coping to your holiday gift bags!