Do you feel sad around the holidays? A lot of people do. The holidays are supposed to be about family, giving, and tradition. So why do many people have a hard time? Are there more deaths, break-ups and other losses during the holiday season? The answer is no. There are no more losses in December than during other times of the year.
When we watch several popular reality TV shows like Kitchen Nightmares, Hoarders, Bar Rescue, and The Biggest Loser, we always notice the connection between major grief events and the subsequent misfortunes the folks featured on these shows suffer.
The hospice movement dates back to the 11th century and represents the compassionate concern for the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill. In modern times, that concern also applies to the family and friends who are often a part of the extended care-giving team.
As licensed funeral professionals know, a great deal of their training in mortuary science school relates to the medical and health aspects of dealing with the remains in their care; and with a host of other technical information necessary to perform their duties.
Religious organizations of all denominations are in the forefront of helping grievers deal with the impact of death, as well as divorce and other losses. Some have informal support programs that provide either short- or long-term support; while others offer specific, recovery-based actions to help their flocks.