A Blue Christmas: Dealing With Sadness During the Holidays

Posted on December 10, 2019

by Amy H

The Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah seasons are often associated with joy, love, generosity and unity. But for some people, this time of year magnifies loneliness, anxiety, grief and despair. Often while many people cheerfully (or even just neutrally) move through holiday traditions and gatherings, those who are hurting often feel even more lost, abandoned and alone than ever. There are resources that can help. Here are just a few….

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