The holidays for many are not always about joy. Grief is a significant part of the holidays for those who have lost loved ones in the past year.
Grief has been thought to present itself in five stages, but newer studies into how people process grief shows that, in many ways, it never ends. Grief can be especially powerful at the holidays.
Children not only lose their sibling, their parents can also disappear into profound grief.
It's important to make genuine room for children in discussions about death, ritual planning and meaning-making.
Knowing what to say to someone who has lost a loved one by suicide can help survivors.
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Survivors of those who have died by suicide have special needs that many people do not quite understand. An expert in grief offers ways to be a helpful, healing presence and avoid saying things that will hurt.