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In this season of giving, we at Virtual Hospice extend our gratitude to everyone who is making a difference for those living with life-limiting illness and loss and to the countless people and organizations who support the work of Virtual Hospice. To the members of our National Peer Review Committee who volunteer their time, to our stakeholders and collaborators, to our funders, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for their unwavering support and investment, and to everyone who shares content, links, news and creates community on Discussion Forums, thank you for helping us help Canadians. Wishing you all the joy and peace of the season.
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 Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts, leading grief expert Thomas Attig reflects on grief during the holidays and the gifts that lost loved ones leave in our hearts. See also:


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.

ASKED & ANSWERED – OUR TEAM RESPONDS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
  • My brother just died and the holiday season is coming. How can we cope? Read our answer.

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

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

Connect with others grieving during the holiday season, in our Discussion Forums.

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