Coping with the Holidays &
Using Them to Heal
Facilitated by: Paula Loring, LCSW
Thursday November 15th
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Austin Center for Grief & Loss
2413 Greenlawn Pkwy., Austin, TX 78757
Fee: FREE, Suggested donation $10 - $15
Please RSVP below
When people are grieving they start thinking about the holidays in August. Shopping, decorating, cooking and Christmas cards loom heavy in the future. Many wonder how they will be able to face all that “joy” when they are exhausted by the loneliness of grief. It is a complicated time and one of the most difficult aspects of grief. Just the words ‘family’ and ‘holidays’ have so many expectations. We are supposed to be close and happy and generous with one another. It is a time when we are expected to ‘get along’ and appreciate and surprise each other with special gifts and togetherness. But the first holidays after a loss are rarely like this. Families struggle to stay close and the holidays often feel empty.
The Austin Center for Grief & Loss would like to invite you to a special workshop that will focus on helping families to use the holidays as a way to discover hope and meaning. This workshop is open to anyone in the community who is grieving. Please join us. This two hour meeting will offer an opportunity to:
Explore what the holidays will mean to you this year
Discover how the holidays can help you heal and connect with the loved one you have lost
Develop a holiday plan that will encourage your family to stay close
Create strategies for dealing with the stress of the holidays as you grieve
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:
Paula Loring, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist. She has been practicing for 40 years, working with adults, children and families. Her specialties include grief work, anxiety, depression, trauma, childhood problems and adolescent adjustment issues. She was the director of Family Care Services at her family’s mortuary in San Antonio for 15 years. This program provided support groups and individual and family counseling to the community. She also provided training on local and national levels in the areas of counseling, group work, grief and death and dying. Paula is currently serving as a volunteer at The Austin Center for Grief & Loss, helping to develop training and consultation for staff and volunteers.
Join us for this community workshop!