MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Alive Hospice is again hosting free grief seminars here in the mid-state for those who find the holidays an especially difficult time of the year.
The organization will hold grief seminars in Murfreesboro and Nashville Thursday evening December 5.
Local grief counselor Pam Quaintance will host the Murfreesboro event. She says she’ll offer a number of ideas for making the holidays more bearable.
“Thinking about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s about being thankful, and even though these people have lost somebody in their lives there are things they can still be thankful for because this person was here and a part of their lives and the gifts and blessings they have in their lives because they were here.”
Quantance suggests having everyone gathered around the Thanksgiving table mention one thing about the now missing family member they’re thankful for.
She also suggests giving yourself permission to change holiday traditions if observing them simply causes too much pain in the wake of loss.
Next week's Alive Hospice grief seminars in Nashville and Murfreesboro are free and open to the public but registration is required.