Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Popular songs have been created expressing the joy of the holiday season. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, Jingle Bells and other festive happy songs. These songs, parties and smells of treats baking all enhance the joy this season is supposed to bring. There are lots of people who look forward to this time of year and celebrate with passion and they have the right to do so. But the holiday season can be particularly difficult for those who have lost a loved one. For those facing the first or many holiday seasons without that loved one can be difficult. For many people the holiday season is a time that will inevitably trigger memories of holiday seasons past, or the season that wi

Tis the Season to be Safe

During this time of year, we are inundated through music, television, and social media with messages that we should be full of joy and happiness. While this is an ideal expectation, often, it does not mirror many peoples reality. It has been well documented that during the Holiday season, alcohol and illicit drug use increases tremendously. Domestic violence, drunk driving accidents, suicides, and homicides also increase during this time. Many of these incidents are related to substance use and abuse. A study by the Center of Disease Control found that many suicide victims frequently tested positive for alcohol or illicit drugs. Alcohol increases stress. Even though it appears that drin