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Grief at Christmas – surviving and coping

Grief at Christmas

Christmas can be a very difficult time for families who are grieving a loved one. If you will be missing someone you loved this holiday season, you may identify with others who have coped with grief at Christmas time.

  • Christmas has been a painful time of year for Jonathan, since his husband died

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  • The first Christmas was a blur for Maria, after her son died in a road accident

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  • After Jamie’s dad died, Christmas was a quiet time for her family

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  • Christmas is a very difficult time for Carl, whose wife died on Christmas Eve

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  • Debbie’s parents died within four months of each other, making the first Christmas very hard

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  • After Donna’s husband died by suicide, she tried to keep Christmas special for their children

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  • Susan and her teenage son focus on being ‘selfish’ to get through Christmas after loss

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  • Christmas has completely changed for Matt and Joanna, whose twin baby boys died soon after they were born

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  • Mum-of-two Louise’s husband died after a three-year illness, just five weeks before Christmas

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  • Wynne lost her son Dan to pancreatic cancer and couldn't face Christmas without him at home

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  • Christmas is a time for Aimée to find new ways to remember her partner with new traditions

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  • Emma tried to keep busy at Christmas for the sake of her five children, after her husband died of cancer

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  • Bridget has developed back-up strategies to cope with Christmas grief, since she was widowed

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