Surviving the Holidays Seminar From GriefShare Helps Grieving People Face the Coming Holidays With Hope

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GriefShare holiday “survival” seminars are being held worldwide, offering practical help and encouragement for people in bereavement. These two-hour seminars are available November through December.

Support & practical tips to face the holidays while in grief

We’ve designed this material to help restore hope and optimism to Thanksgiving and Christmas, even while in the midst of the deep pain of grief.

People who have experienced the death of a loved one often face Thanksgiving and Christmas with dread. But grieving people can find encouragement and learn practical steps about how to make it through the 2014 holiday season at GriefShare’s Surviving the Holidays seminars.

Thousands of locations worldwide will begin offering the seminars in the coming weeks. To find a location near you, click here.

“Most people who are grieving the death of a loved one anticipate a difficult, depressing experience as they face the holidays,” said GriefShare founder Steve Grissom. “We’ve designed this material to help restore hope and optimism to Thanksgiving and Christmas, even while in the midst of the deep pain of grief. The information is not complicated—it consists of simple steps a person can take to make the holidays manageable and even enjoyable.”

Here’s what to expect when you attend a Surviving the Holidays event:

  • A video presentation featuring advice from respected grief counselors and teachers on how to survive the holiday season, plus real-life stories of people who have experienced the challenges of Thanksgiving and Christmas while grieving a death
  • Practical advice on how to handle hard-hitting emotions during the holidays, what to do about family traditions, how to scale back on activities and holiday preparations, and where to find the strength to go on
  • After the video, a small-group discussion where attendees discuss concepts learned and share their specific concerns

Each seminar attendee receives a Survival Guide containing over 30 days of short inspirational readings that offer comfort for grieving hearts. The guides also include a helpful chart and articles to help attendees create a holiday plan and learn how to have a more manageable, healthy approach to the busy season.

Visit the GriefShare Surviving the Holidays website to learn more. The website also contains downloadable articles and helpful video clips featuring expert teaching and personal testimonies on holiday survival after grief.

To schedule an interview, contact GriefShare founder Steve Grissom at sgrissom(at) or 919-562-2112.


GriefShare is a ministry of Church Initiative, a nondenominational, nonprofit ministry serving more than 20,000 churches worldwide. From its headquarters in Wake Forest, North Carolina, the ministry creates and publishes video-based teaching materials to help churches minister to people experiencing life crises. Church Initiative programs include GriefShare, DivorceCare, Single & Parenting, and DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids).

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