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Surviving the Holidays

“Surviving the Holidays” seminar on November 12, 2016
Facing the holidays after bereavement

When you’re grieving the death of a family member or friend, you may dread the holiday season. Thoughts of social gatherings, family traditions, and obligations leave you anxious and overwhelmed. Your sadness can seem unbearable. You may wish you could skip these next two months and go straight to the routine of the next year—but you can’t. What can you do to lessen your stress and loneliness?
A GriefShare Surviving the Holidays seminar, led by Reverend Jack O’Dell will be held, Saturday,  November 12, 2016 at Broadmoor United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  This seminar will offer practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season. At this seminar, you’ll view videos featuring advice from people in grief who’ve faced the holidays after their loss. You’ll hear insights from respected Christian counselors, pastors, and psychologists. You’ll receive a Holiday Survival Guide with practical strategies, encouraging words, helpful exercises, Q/As, and journaling ideas for daily survival through the holiday season.
At GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, you’ll meet with other grieving people who have an understanding of what you’re going through. They won’t judge you or force you to share, but will accept you where you are and will offer comfort and support. “When I went to GriefShare,” said Marion, “I realized there are different ways to grieve.”  Your holiday season won’t be easy; your emotions may ambush you and suck you under at times. But you can choose to walk through this season in a way that honors your loved one and puts you on the path of health and healing.
To register or find out more about GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, call Broadmoor UMC (861-0586) or email Laura Vaughan at

Earlier Event: November 9
Thanksgiving Prayer Squares
Later Event: November 20
Cookie Stroll