December can be a difficult time for families spending their first holiday without a loved one. For those who’ve suffered loss–whether recently, or even years prior–the holiday stress can make the season more difficult.
To help those grieving in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia during the holidays, Capital Caring Health, a local non-profit, offers a wide range of free counseling and support services.
“The holidays can be a trigger for grief, depression, and anxiety, especially for families who have recently experienced a death,” said Reverend Carolyn Richar, RN, chief mission officer at Capital Caring Health. “Our grief programs are open to anyone in the community who is struggling with loss, at no charge.”
The following grief support services are available at no cost:
- One-on-one, family, or peer group counseling sessions
- Telephone support
- Spiritual counseling
- Support groups and workshops for all ages that can include music and art therapy, “sit and stitch” sessions, nature walks, and more
“Kids and teens may have an especially difficult time expressing and processing their grief,” said Richar. “We bring together bereaved kids of the same age group for activities and conversation in school or other settings. These regional community programs are available to any child at no charge.”
Coping with Loss During the Holidays
Arlington Public Library, Columbia Pike
Westmont Room, 2nd Floor
816 S. Walter Reed Dr.
Arlington, VA 22204
Monday, Dec. 9; 4-5 pm
RSVP: Jennifer Lanouette, MSW