Strategies for self-care while grieving

4 Strategies for Self-Care While Grieving

By Connie DeKrey, Bereavement Specialist Each journey of grief is as unique as the individual who walks its path. That being recognized, an aspect of grief that shares commonality with all who grieve is the need for self-care. Grief may be experienced in a variety of ways—emotionally, certainly, but also physically, cognitively and even spiritually. The reactions of our minds and...

Grief During the Holidays: How do you cope

Grief During the Holiday Season: How Do You Cope?

 By Connie DeKrey, Bereavement Specialist Ordinarily, we think of the holidays as a busy, joyous time. But when one is grieving the death of someone beloved, there is nothing “ordinary” about it. Holidays are typically filled with memories and reflection, so it is not surprising that the longing we may feel for that absent loved one intensifies against the backdrop of...

Grief During the Holiday Season: Embracing Memories

By Connie DeKrey, Bereavement Specialist                                                         *** Christmas 2004: This was an even-numbered year, which meant it was our turn to celebrate the holiday with my husband’s side of the family in Bismarck; odd-numbered years had traditionally been spent with my side of the family. But current circumstances dictated differently. My Mom was temporarily staying in Fargo to receive radiation treatments...