Holiday Grief

Anybody who has experienced loss, especially family loss, may find their loss triggered over the holidays, by good memories and not so good, and experience sadness, regret, and even depression.

Anybody working with the dying carries a certain amount of grief because of the work you do. So holidays can be a double emotional whammy.

David Kessler at recommends the work of Paul Denniston – the founder of grief yoga.

“Paul Denniston, the founder of Grief Yoga, is doing some amazing work guiding people to move with and through grief. His work teaches us how the body remembers and holds onto the pain and struggle.

We know that the reality is that your grief doesn’t get smaller, but you get bigger. Paul shares 8 tips for caring for your mind, body, and spirit during the holiday season.

  • Breathe – Go for a nature walk (or an urban walk) and breathe and feel the wind on your skin 
  • Move – Get out your yoga mat or a chair and have a Grief Yoga experience 
  • Touch – Massage your shoulders, neck, feet, and hands and find compassionate connection within
  • Sing – Use your voice to sing or hum a song. It can be anything from a hymn to the Beatles
  • Sweat – As much as tears can be purifying for the heart, so can sweat for the body 
  • Dance – Put on a song that inspires you and find your way of moving with it 
  • Cleanse – Take a moment and have a water meditation in the bath or shower. Drink plenty of water. 
  • Rest – Whenever your body feels tired, take a nap. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is take a break.

Paul’s new book, Healing Through Yoga: Transform Loss Into Empowerment, is coming out next month. He is offering a Free video companion course when you pre-order the book.”

Check out David Kessler and his free resources.

See for more on Paul Denniston.

Christmas 2004 – it snowed in New Orleans.


Published by Mona

I am a wife, mother, and author. I taught high school for 27 years and I was a hospital and hospice chaplain until my health required that I retire. I miss my hospital coworkers and cannot imagine how terrible this year and last year have been. I want to be there for them in at least this small way.

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