Winter Grief… a season to understand loss…

Posted on November 2, 2023 by Rev. Pam Reidy under grief, loss, mourning, Inspiration
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After enjoying record-warmth in October, we turn our calendars and our hearts to the chill of winter. As winter dares our grief, our earthly home also labors to shred its beauty, hovering in the darkness, waiting in silence for new life. Additionally, the various holidays in the next three months make the seasonal turn a precarious one for the grieving heart.  This season, more than others, seems the perfect setting for pain, as nature offers endless reminders of death-loss in its dark, gloomy, bitter and bleak backdrop. Still, whatever the season, the work of grief is to put our loss into context, move through it with grace, and learn to live in loss. This work can be especially intense when people around you are celebrating.

The complexity of winter grief and the dread of the holidays are two reasons that our fall offering is the most attended bereavement seminar of the year. Whatever theme our autumnal seminar takes, it is a reminder that winter can also provide the backdrop to snuggle in, cozy down and let warmth embrace you. The season, even amid holiday frivolity, can be a quiet time to engage in solitary comforts that heal the soul, such as reading, listening to a powerful piece of music, journaling, or sipping a cup of perfectly brewed tea.

Registration is still open for our fall seminar, November 18th at 1:00 p.m.  This strategy-based seminar will share ideas for embracing loss and practicing self-care while allowing yourself some joy.  After the presentation participants enjoy lunch and have the opportunity to meet others on the grief journey. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book, “Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season“, written by Alan Wolfelt PH.D.  

Please click on the link below to register or call Miles Funeral Home at 508-829-4434. You may register up to 5 people with your online registration.

Always in season are these simple suggestions for a broken heart:

Be compassionate with yourself

Cherish every moment

Loss is personal, it is yours, honor it as it is and as you are.

Memory-sharing is healing, do not fear it.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar… Saturday, November 18th  at 1:00 p.m.


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