I know it’s still rather warm in many parts of the United States but like it or not the holidays are coming.
And this year promises to be more difficult for everyone.
Now it’s not only the bereaved trying to avoid the mines of tradition set amidst the fields of fall and winter celebrations.
We are all going to have to manage different expectations, needs, comfort zones, fears and anxieties.
So, in hopes of helping families have the hard discussions sooner rather than later, I’m going to share a series of posts I wrote several years ago.
We’ll start with this one-helpful hints on how to have those conversations. ❤
“You don’t have to bury a child to know that changing long-standing family traditions around holidays is a hard, hard thing.
Just ask a parent trying to work out Thanksgiving and Christmas for the first time after an adult child marries. Suddenly the way things have “always been” are no longer the way things are.
Holidays typically involve so many more people and family members than everyday get-togethers and each person brings expectations, emotions and personal history to the table.”
Read the rest here: Grief, Holidays and Hard Conversations