People who’ve experienced the death of a loved one often face Thanksgiving and Christmas with anxiety and trepidation. But grieving people can find actionable strategies and encouragement to make it through the 2018 holiday season at GriefShare’s Surviving the Holidays seminar held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. in the lounge of Trinity Lutheran Church (1629 Dewitt St) in Ellsworth.


The Surviving the Holidays seminar begins with a video presentation featuring advice from respected grief counselors and teachers on how to survive the holiday season, and presenting real-life stories of people who’ve experienced the challenges of the holiday season while grieving a death.


The video presentation offers practical suggestions on how to handle hard-hitting emotions during the holiday season, what to do about family traditions, how to scale back on activities and holiday preparations, and where to find the strength to go on. After the video is a facilitated small group discussion time where attendees discuss concepts learned on the video and share their specific concerns.


Each seminar attendee receives a Survival Guide containing over 30 days of short, devotional readings that target specific concerns faced by grieving people. The guides also include helpful charts and articles to help attendees create a holiday plan and learn how to have a more manageable, healthy approach to the busy season.


Contact Ryan Flaugh, Facilitator, at 515-971-7631 or rkflaugh@globalccs.net for details.