Coping with Death over the Holidays

snowtombstoneResearching family history forces me to review ancestral deaths and reasons behind those deaths. I never ceased to be amazed at the number of individuals who die over the holidays. While some die from accidents, other deaths are caused by weather, old age and — yes — stress.

It seems that I am not alone in worrying about relatives who travel or other relations who have health problems and their fates over the holidays. Articles about how to cope with death during the holidays abound. In an effort to bring some great advice and news about how to deal with holiday deaths, we chose ten of the best articles to share here. The articles are listed in alphabetical order:

  1. Anniversary of Mom’s death is during the holidays: One year after her mother’s death, Gayle Peterson talks about her feelings.
  2. Coping With Death During The Holidays: Carolyn Zellander talks about her relatives who died during the holidays and how she coped with the losses.
  3. Father’s death brings pain during the holiday season: A reader asks how to deal with a father’s expected death, one that occured during Thanksgiving weekend.
  4. Getting Through the Holidays: Angela Morrow offers some advice on how to get through the holidays after losing a loved one.
  5. Grief: Coping with reminders after a loss: The Mayo Clinic staff provides an insightful article on grief and grieving, and how to cope with the feelings triggered by holiday reminders.
  6. Helping Children of Different Ages Cope with a Death: A different perspective from a Jewish Web site that pertains to anyone who wants to help children cope with death and loss.
  7. Holidays After the Death of a Loved One: Learn how to cope with upcoming holidays after you lose a loved one during the holiday season.
  8. Important and Helpful Tips For Managing the Holidays For the Bereaved: Gloria Lintermans provides a list of helpful hints for those who are grieving during the holidays.
  9. Prof: Tips to help those grieving during holidays about death, money: Purdue University provides an article that talks about loss in general, including information for those who have lost a job.
  10. You Can Make It Through the Holidays: A short introduction to a link that offers a variety of ways to cope with grief during the holidays.

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