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We at Virtual Hospice wish you the peaceful, quiet beauty of the season. And our thoughts are with you if you're facing illness and loss, or giving of yourself to support someone else going through these deep and sometimes difficult experiences. These can feel especially isolating during the holiday season, and we hope you find the warmth of connection and moments of peace.
 

CREATING RITUALS FOR TIMES OF ILLNESS AND LOSS
Virtual Hospice’s spiritual care advisor Glen Horst took part in his own father's last Christmas. That personal experience, and his experience in supporting others are the basis of two articles that offer insights for the season:
 
SOMEWHERE TO TURN
The holiday season can pile on the pressure at the best of times. When the pressure comes on top of the pain of loss, it can feel unbearable. But there is help. Judy Wark's story of her family's first Christmas without her husband describes how real healing started with support they found through local hospice services.

Many communities in Canada have support for people who are grieving, including services offered by local hospices such as these:
Find a hospice or other community service near you.
 

HOLIDAY SORROWS AND GIFTS
Internationally recognized grief expert Thomas Attig has helped many mourners come to terms with loss. In his article on grief during the holidays he reflects on the gifts that lost loved ones leave in our hearts.
 

A PLACE FOR SHARING
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.

ASK THE VIRTUAL HOSPICE TEAM
The clinical team at Virtual Hospice is available to respond to your questions about holiday grief, and will provide confidential answers.
 

EASING THE BURDEN FOR CHILDREN
Family grief counsellor Andrea Warnick helps families prepare children to face death when it enters their lives. In her article Don't use the 'D' Word, 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.
 
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.
 
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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