Grief is a heart -wrenching experience at any time of the year. But the winter holidays come with special challenges for grievers. There are the many social pressures of the season, like the call to be joyous and thankful. Chances are good that if you’re grieving you’re not going to feel joyous or thankful. This is okay, no matter what others may tell you.
Caring for an aging family member is an onerous and overwhelming responsibility. It is not surprising that family care-givers frequently experience feelings of depression and burden. When their loved one moves into a residential facility the transition may relieves the physical tasks of care giving, but unfortunately, the emotional distress of care-giving continues.