Feeling Loss During the Holidays

Christmas is all around us.  The lights, the eggnog, the crowded shopping centers, the holiday parties, the decorations; there is really no way to avoid it.  I don’t know about you, but I typically look forward to this time of year: seeing family and friends, watching Christmas movies, exchanging gifts.  So when I am feeling down, anti-social, or just plain sad, I can be really ...

Top 4 Ways to Thrive During The Holidays: Even After Loss

The holiday season can be a really challenging time of year when we have lost someone important to us because a lot of emotions are stirred up.  There’s an unspoken expectation about how the holidays should be…fun, happy, exciting, so when we don’t feel particularly cheerful or even down right terrible, we can fall into the trap of making ourselves wrong for having our emotional ...

Why do we cry when famous people die?

When JFK was assassinated 50 years ago, the nation cried.  While I was not alive yet, I have heard stories, seen videos, and even visited the JFK museum in Dallas.   His memory and the tragedy of his death live on as we commemorated the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Last week, on December 5th, Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist died ...