Category Archives: grief support

Looking at Grief from Both Sides

By Linda Donovan, Grief Support Volunteer In 2006, shortly after my husband died of cancer, I began a personal exploration into understanding grief and how to work through it. I turned to Hospice of Santa Cruz County for the healing, compassionate individual and group support that I needed to heal from through my loss. Two years later, armed with new insight based on my own journey, I decided to move over to the “other side” and become a grief support volunteer. I completed a series of training sessions and began to provide individual and group grief support to the community. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. As a recipient of grief support services, I learned that the grief journey is a process. The one-on-one sessions gave me a chance to express my concerns, ask questions, and learn how to adapt to a “new normal”

Top Ten Ways to Manage Grief During the Holidays

The holidays can be a very difficult time for people who are grieving. You miss your loved one, especially during times of celebration and sharing. There is no easy way to make the grief go away, but there are certain strategies that can help you cope. Over time you will heal, but what can you do now? Here are some recommendations: 1. Take good care of yourself. Holidays are a busy time and it may be more challenging for you to accomplish all the different tasks you’ve done in holidays past. Don’t try to do more than you can handle. Take care of your basic daily needs – eating three meals a day, getting enough sleep, and exercising. If you don’t feel like writing holiday cards this year, people will understand. Maybe you’ll send them out next year. 2. Express your emotions. Don’t be afraid to cry if you need