CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The glitz and glitter in the stores, special traditions and get-togethers with family and friends make the holidays a time of anticipation and joy. However, holidays can act as a trigger for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. While some people want to ignore the holidays altogether, some want to continue traditions. What can one do?
Diane Snyder Cowan, the director of Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, Hospice of the Western Reserve, offers the following tips:
"There is no calendar for grief. Give yourself permission and time to grieve," Snyder Cowan said. "The first year, things may seem surreal. You may still be in a fog. The second or third holiday season can be just as difficult as your new reality sets in. Be kind and gentle to yourself. Honor your time to grieve."
About Hospice of the Western Reserve
Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency providing comfort and emotional support to patients and their families. The agency cares for people in a variety of settings, including at David Simpson Hospice House overlooking Lake Erie, in patients' homes, in hospitals and long-term care facilities, and at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.
Media Contact: Laurie Henrichsen, Media Relations, Hospice of the Western Reserve, 216/701.1768, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Hospice of the Western Reserve