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Reported December 25, 2012

Tips for Holiday Grief

 

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The holidays are not always the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.  For those suffering from grief, it is important to remember there are techniques to help with comfort during this particularly difficult time of year.
  
Memories of good times and togetherness at the holiday season serve to remind us of our loss.  Dr. Penelope Buschman, Director of Psychiatric Nurse Program at Columbia University School of Nursing and an expert on grief parental grief and bereavement, offers some advice to cope during the holiday season.
 
“The expectation of a holiday filled with warmth, peace, and joy may be unrealistic for many who have lost a loved one, especially within the past year.  To lessen some of the disappointment, create a new tradition or practice which might include reaching out to help others, and a conversation with a friend or family member over a shared meal,” Dr. Buschman was quoted as saying.
 
She also suggests that someone grieving should take care of themselves physically by exercising instead of consuming alcohol, which can trigger depression.    
 
Another stress reliever is to try to get a good night’s rest.  While it may be hard to sleep, the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night could make a big difference. 
 
Source: Columbia University School of Nursing
 
 
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