Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Is offering Help for the Holidays.

The sixth annual event is being held this Saturday at the Opeongo Senior’s Centre. Dawn Cruchet is a grief educator and volunteer with palliative care. She says Holidays are difficult without a loved one, and with the long, drawn out season and weather changes, it is especially hard to cope during Christmas time. She says that family traditions don’t have to be celebrated how they always were, and urges people to modify their traditions if they are too painful. She also says those grieving can always resume old traditions another year when it easier to cope with them.

Cruchet says it is not good to go on with the holidays and pretend like the person has not passed away. She says it is best to talk about and honour the memory of the person. Cruchet says creating a new ritual like lighting a candle can help honour the memory of a loved one. She also suggests to plan your activities this holiday season so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Cruchet says that this time of year is hardest for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. However, she says with time, memories will become bittersweet instead of painful, and the act of remembrance will be an easier affair in the coming holiday seasons. She says it is also important to remember that relationships with those still living haven’t ended, rather they have changed.

Registration for this event closes Monday. Call to register call 613-756-3045, ext 350.