Hope For The Holidays

There are many people, who dread the holidays instead of looking forward to them. Special Occasions, holidays and anniversaries can be  difficult when you have lost loved ones, when there is illness, when you're divorced, when you're estranged/separated from loved ones, when there are financial problems or when you are alone and isolated. The anticipation of pain, is usually worse than the actual day itself...but the sadness and anxiety are real none the less. Here are some tips and resources to offer some help and hope.

RESOURCES:

 

COPING WITH VALENTINE'S DAY

http://www.guideposts.org/positive-thinking/coping-valentines-day-if-grieving-loved-one

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/02/10/coping-with-grief-on-valentines-day/

http://connect.legacy.com/profiles/blogs/facing-valentines-day-5-tips-for-widows

http://widow2point0.com/2015/02/09/oh-no-here-comes-valentines-day-a-widows-guide-to-cupid-on-her-calendar-and-how-to-handle-the-big-red-dread/

http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Happy-Being-Single-on-Valentine%27s-Day

http://www.ehow.com/how_13785_cope-with-alone.html

http://socialanxietydisorder.about.com/od/copingwithsad/a/Alone-On-Valentines-Day.htm

http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2015/02/how-to-cope-with-valentine-s-day-if-you-re-suddenly-single

http://dying.about.com/od/thegrievingprocess/a/Survive-Valentines-Day-Grief.htm

http://austin.com/the-official-singles-guide-to-surviving-valentines-day-in-austin/

 

SURVIVING GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Grief Share Resources 

Handling the Holidays and Surviving Special Occasions 

Six Simple Steps to Grief Relief

Suggestions for Dealing With The Holiday Blues 

Grief at the Holidays- 10 Ways To Cope With Loss 

Stress Depression and the Holidays: Tips for Coping

 

LONELINESS AND THE HOLIDAYS

Dealing With Loneliness 

Ten Tips For Enjoying the Holidays Alone 

Tips On How Not To Feel Alone During the Holidays 

Alone at the Holidays? 

Ten Things to Remember

How To Deal With Loneliness

 

TIPS FOR THE NEWLY DIVORCED AND THE HOLIDAYS

DivorceCare Resources

Surviving the Holidays When You're Surviving Divorce 

Reduce Holiday Stress During and After Divorce 

How To Survive Post Divorce Christmas

Holiday Survival Guide for the Divorced 

 

DEALING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS AND THE HOLIDAYS

Coping Strategies

General Tips 

Living With Chronic Illness During the Holidays 

Holiday Suggestions for People Coping With Illness  

How to Navigate Difficult Family Relationships During the Holidays When You’re Living with Chronic Illness 

Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Coping With Cancer During The Holidays 

Caregiving and the Holidays 

Coping With The Holidays and Mental Illness

 

SINGLE PARENTS AND THE HOLIDAYS

Resources 

Resources From Single Parent Advocate 

Helpful Resources through 211 

Financial Help For Single Parents

Deflecting Holiday Hurts As A Single Parent

Holiday Tips For Single Parents 

Divorced Dads and the Holidays 

Christmas as a Divorced Parent 

Keeping the Spirit Alive For Your Children 

 

WHEN YOUR FAMILY IS ESTRANGED OR DYSFUNCTIONAL

Dealing with a Dysfunctional Family 

Surviving the Holidays 

Help for Estranged Parents 

Nobody's Child: Surviving Without A Family

Resources and Support Groups 

How To Deal With Estranged Parents During The Holidays

 

WHEN YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE INCARCERATED DURING THE HOLIDAYS

How to Help Your Loved One Get Through the Holidays 

Resources for You if You Have a Loved One incarcerated

Assistance For Families of Inmates

 http://www.prisonfellowship.org/programs/angel-tree/

Making the Best of the Holiday Season 

Tips For Handling Separation

 

COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS WHILE UNEMPLOYED

Coping 

Five Ways to Cope

How To Deal With the Holidays While Unemployed 

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