Getting through the holidays after a loss

To help adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will sponsor a workshop on Getting through the Holiday Season after a Loss on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 to noon.

The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy and family and gift-giving but for those who are struggling to cope with grief and loss, holiday cheer can feel like an affront.  Festive celebrations can underscore just how lonely people feel.

The workshop will be conducted by Bonnie Verses, a grief and bereavement counselor with the nursing agency. She will address such common responses to loss as loneliness and depression.  

“For many people, the pain of loss is felt most keenly during the holiday season,” Verses said. “We can be flooded with memories at this time of year. Memories of our loved ones may bring comfort but they can also be painful and especially vivid during the holidays. Whether the loss is recent or not, this is an especially difficult time of year and help with bereavement becomes particularly important.

The group will explore ways to promote healing as well as discuss strategies for coping with stress and loss during this emotionally difficult season.

The workshop will be held in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center at I-Park, 761 Main Avenue (Route 7). It is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Call 203-762-8958.