Grief and the Holidays

Seasons and holidays bring a flood of memories to each of us every year. Routines or traditions with family, friends and loved ones make events special and create a tapestry of emotions connected to each. The death of a loved one shades those images and the idea of crafting new memories without that loved one is a significant part of our grief journey.


We often don’t know how we will handle the emotion of upcoming events. One year may be easier or tougher than the last, and that might be true for each one in the family. It is important to remember that while we have limited control over things that happen around us, we can control how we respond to them.


Below are several articles with tips and suggestions to help make your holiday season less challenging.

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OCT 23, 2020

After 20 months of separation, quarantine, and zoom calls, we finally had an opportunity to move Onward at an in-person camp. The power of Camp Kate is being able to be with peers who help us move forward in our grief journeys.

For this first camp in two years, we returned to Camp Westminster with an Onward theme. Like the characters in the Disney movie, we talked about those special people in our lives, the memories made and missed with them, and our plans for moving Onward.

We still employed safety protocols and social distancing among our groups, but our masked campers and adults still benefitted from being with peers. Whether involved in archery, fishing, kayaking, rock wall climbing, or small group sharing, our participants all had a wonderful day.