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In this season of giving, we at Virtual Hospice extend our gratitude to everyone who is making a difference to those living with life-limiting illness and loss - families, friends, colleagues, health care providers, volunteers, educators, researchers, program administrators - and to the countless people and organizations who help us help Canadians. And we hope the warmth of the season touches everyone who is experiencing illness and loss directly. We wish you all the peace and beauty of the season.
DON'T USE THE 'D' WORD: MYTHS ABOUT CHILDREN AND DEATH
This new article by family grief counsellor Andrea Warnick helps families prepare children to face death when it enters their lives. Andrea identifies five common myths about children and death and how they make grieving children feel alone. She discusses ways in which adults can help ease that burden for children.

 

HOLIDAY SORROWS AND PRECIOUS GIFTS
The holidays can be a difficult time for people grieving the loss of someone they care about, whether the loss is anticipated, recent or one that is felt years later. Virtual Hospice has gathered a selection of resources to support those who feel the absence of a loved one this holiday season.

In the article Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts, leading international grief expert Thomas Attig reflects on grief during the holidays and the gifts that lost loved ones leave in our hearts.

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FIND SUPPORT
Many communities hold special gatherings for people who are living with loss. Your provincial palliative care association can help you find one near you.

Virtual Hospice's clinical team will respond to your questions about holiday grief with confidential answers.

Connect with others who are grieving or facing the end of life during the holiday season. These are some of the things people are talking about now in our Discussion Forums.

GRIEF IN TIMES OF CELEBRATION: THE EMPTY SPOT
This article by Virtual Hospice’s spiritual care advisor Glen Horst gives suggestions for getting through the holidays when a loved one’s absence is often most deeply felt.

FEAST OF LIGHTS: GRIEVING AT HANUKKAH
Award-winning author Ellen S. Jaffe tells the story of a girl who grapples with loss and death and the meaning of Hanukkah in this book for young people and adults.

KIDS, GRIEF AND THE HOLIDAYS: JUDY’S STORY
Judy shares her story of planning the first Christmas for her children following the loss of their father.

A LAST CHRISTMAS: GLEN’S STORY
Glen shares the story of how his family celebrated their last Christmas with his father.

THE HOLIDAYS MINUS TWO: KIM’S STORY
A mother shares her holiday ritual of choosing Christmas tree ornaments every year in memory of her son and daughter.

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