Coping With Grief in the New Year
Webinar Recording from January 28, 2021
The new year after loss:
Facing the new year can bring a confusing mix of thoughts and emotions after losing a loved one or experiencing significant non-death loss.
It may be difficult to imagine leaving 2020 behind. As terrible as it was, it may have been the last year your loved one was alive. Or perhaps it's the year that separates the life you had before your loss, from the life you have now. No matter the reason, for some, the idea of moving forward into a new year may seem overwhelming, unreal, or bittersweet.
At the same time, messages of starting afresh in the new year, especially this year, are so ingrained in the cultural conversation it's hard not to feel like January is the time to get "it" together. On some level, the idea of feeling "normal" again, organized, or put together may be tantalizing - but for many grieving people, these are unfair goal posts.
Our Goals for this Webinar:
We promise not to go all "new year, new you" on you. This is just a conversation about coping with grief as we say goodbye to a challenging year and look ahead to 2021.
The goals of the webinar are to help participants:
- Take stock of what they're grieving
- Set realistic expectations for themselves and their grief
- Conceptualize coping needs related to both their grief and overall well-being
- Identify coping tools that resonate with the participant based on their preferences, personality, resources, and lifestyle
Please see FAQs below for additional details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hello, we are Litsa and Eleanor, the co-founders of the website, What's Your Grief. Thank you for joining our online learning community. We hope some of what you find here will help you understand grief an grief coping a little bit better.
We are what we like to refer to as 'grief friends.' We both have backgrounds in mental health and plenty of experience working in the field of grief and bereavement. But what we ultimately bonded over was our shared experience of losing a parent to cancer in early adulthood. All our webinars and online courses are based on the ideas and information we've found most helpful in our personal grief, and in our daily work with grieving people.
We teach all our webinars and courses, so we should probably tell you, we prefer to talk about grief and loss in realistic and regular ways. If you're looking for transformative butterflies and sympathetic head tilts, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place. Sometimes we're serious, and sometimes we joke, sometimes we're matter of fact, and sometimes we're philosophical. No matter what, though, we believe your experience with grief should always be recognized and respected, not patronized.