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The holidays, especially the first ones after the death of a loved one, can be particularly hard. While many people look forward to yearly traditions, gatherings with family and friends, and the general spirit of the season, the holidays may emphasize feelings of loss and loneliness for those who have lost someone special. Often, friends and family members are unsure how to act or what to say. For fear of doing the wrong thing, people often avoid grieving friends who need their support the most.
For more information about dealing with grief, or to find a hospice in your area, visit NHPCO’s Caring Connections Web site at www.caringinfo.org or call their HelpLine at 800-658-8898.