Tradition, Ritual, and Continuing Bonds at the Holidays
In 1996, the authors of the book Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief shed light on a significant bereavement concept. Their work questioned linear models of grief that are supposed to lead to things like acceptance, detachment, and new life and suggested that it's normal for the bereaved to continue their bond with the deceased.
Additionally, we will pay special attention to coping with changing rituals and traditions at the holidays and explore ideas for connecting with deceased loved ones as a way of managing holiday grief and maintaining your continued bond with those who have died.
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.