Helpful Hints For Surviving The Holidays While Grieving By Sandra Brown Neahusan

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Holidays will be experienced in new ways after the loss of a loved one. It is alright to be sad and miss them, but it is also alright to start new traditions.

'How Could I Wish You Back From Heaven?'

When we look at a beautiful tapestry hanging on the wall we see a complete picture...turn it around and we see all the little strings and knots tangled together.

After the loss of a loved one people experience birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays without them. These can be very rough times for those in grief recovery. Memories flood at every level. In her book, "How Could I Wish You Back From Heaven?" Sandra Brown Neahusan offers these helpful suggestions to help:    

1.    Allow yourself to miss your loved one. Sadness and tears are natural expressions of grief.
2. Talk about the person who has died. Cherish and share your memories with your families and friends. They probably have great stories to share with you.
3. Do not feel pressure to participate in all the holiday parties and family dinners. Write a letter to your family and friends explaining that you love them but you need some time to yourself. Tell them you appreciate the invitation and if you feel well that day you may join them for a short time.
4. Take care of yourself. Do not miss meals. Make sure you get enough rest.
5. Start a new tradition. It is not disrespectful to your loved one’s memory to make a change.

About Sandra Brown Neahusan:
Sandra hears from people every week who express their gratitude for her openness in sharing her grief experience. Her books are being shared all over the country. Many personal reviews can be found on the FaceBook page: Sandra Brown Neahusan Book.

She shares her experiences weekly in the GriefShare group she facilitates. Helping others work through their grief and sadness brings great joy and focus during her time of loss.

To listen to a radio interview conducted with Sandra by Ann Corcoran of, please follow this link:

This book is available on,, and, and from the author.

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