Our tip of the day for dealing with grief at the holidays: Reach out for support. 
This may or may not be your first Christmas without your mom/dad/brother/daughter, but if you are struggling with the pain, it may very well be the right time to reach out for help. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to speak to someone for some time now and have been putting it off. Instead of waiting, you CAN start to work on the recovery process. It may be just the boost you need to get through another year of holidays, and it will let you start the new year off on the right foot. When memories of Christmases past turn painful, it is a sign that there are still things that are incomplete with the relationship that has ended. Seeking out support may be the best Christmas present you could possibly give yourself. 
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Remember that time does not, contrary to what people may say, heal all wounds. Don’t let another year pass you by in the hopes it will be different or better next year. There are many support services available, including the Grief Recovery Method. Isolation and pain does not have to continue year after year - please reach out to us, find a support group in your area, order a copy of the Grief Recovery Handbook or see which services are available near you. You do not need to wait or suffer alone. 
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