NOT AN EASY TIME OF THE YEAR ~ SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS

Getting Through The Holidays can be a really challenging time.
Starting in October, I begin to feel drained.
First there is my birthday and Jim’s.  For the last several years of her life, Robbie hosted Birthday Breakfast for us.  Our Birthdays now have shadows of sadness.  We can’t celebrate them.

Following our October birthdays, is the Halloween Season.
Robbie adored Halloween and hosting An Autumn Party every year.
When she left the earth plane, she still had boxes of Halloween and Autumn Decorations that she had borrowed from me, while she built her own collection.

From Halloween we head right into the Thanksgiving Preparation time.
Thanksgiving was a big holiday for us, though we choose to celebrate it on a different day, once my kids got older and had “in-law families”.
We began to call it NotThanksgivingDay Turkey Day.
Robbie and I planned menus, invited our would have been home alone single friends, our friends with families, our extended family friends,  and went shopping, cleaned, decorated, cooked for all of the weeks before the actual date.
All of that died with her.

Only days from Thanksgiving to the Anniversary of Robyn’s death…
there is no time for a breath before the whole Christmas, New Year’s,  Valentine’s Day and then Robbie’s Should-Be Birthday.

We have entered into my least favorite time of year.
Coping is a CHALLENGE.
It helps to develop Survival Strategies.

11 14 11 Anchor Meeting pdf Flyer

Monday, November 14,  Fellow TCF East Of The River Steering Committee Member Nancy Cayward, who is also Facilitatior of The Anchor, a non-denominational faith based program open to all who have suffered a loss to suicide, is hosting a special meeting:

COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS
Join us as we Welcome all Those Who have Experienced a Death of Any Loved One by Any Cause .  

Monday, November 14th  7:00 pm
Colonial Point Christian Church / Center for Community
855 Chapel Rd., So. Windsor, CT

 ANYONE dealing with grief, struggling with the Holiday Season ~ WELCOME

Those who are Further along in your grief journey or not having as difficult of a time  are invited to
Come and Share Some Of Your Positive Coping Strategies
that have helped you.
By  Sharing Your Hope You Can Help Others  Find That We Can Get Through The Holidays

MEETING FORMAT:

Welcome

Introductions / go-around

Lighting of candles

Time of sharing

Closing Circle-Serenity Prayer

Refreshments

*Please feel free to bring a desert or ‘finger food’ snacks to share with everyone.

Hot drinks and soda will be provided.

 FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE WELCOMED

    There will be a Memory Table,
should you like to bring and share a photo of your loved one

 RSVP requested, but not demanded to arrange adequate seating
Bettie-Jeanne tcfeastoftheriverct@gmail.com
Kimberly playkim71@yahoo.com
Nancy theanchor@snet.net

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