Written by: The Circles Team

December 1, 2020

This year has been tough. And now the holidays are coming up. It can all be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve lost a loved one. Nearly **60% **of Americans have experienced the loss of an immediate family member in the past three years. That is a lot of people dealing with grief that is relatively new.

In a year full of ‘new normals’, when social distancing became socially accepted, and when so many of our interactions moved online, it can be especially hard to process feelings of loss and grief. It’s been a year that’s given new meaning to being alone and staying apart from others, even our closest family and friends.

As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking how can we do this? How can we get through it this year? How can we not miss our loved one even more after such a hard year?

If you feel like this, know you’re not alone.

88% of our members say they are struggling during the holiday season. And 67% report that the holidays trigger painful memories for them. In a season that’s supposed to be full of joy and celebration, many are hurting. As one member said, “I’m dreading the holidays. I don’t know how to keep pretending that I’m ok.”

We hear you.

Which is why we’re opening our virtual doors for three days of free grief workshops leading up to the holidays. From December 21-23, we will be offering live online workshops for small groups of people, led by professional therapists.

You can go through the holidays virtually and pretend everything is ok, or you can use online technology as a platform to find a real circle of support. Instead of feeling distant and exhausted from Zoom, it can be part of the solution that actually helps you feel better.

During the workshop, you’ll have the chance to connect with others who are dealing with grief during the holidays and learn how to maintain self-care during the holidays, while still dealing with grief.

Treat yourself kindly this holiday season.

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