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NCJ Number: 212166 Find in a Library
Title: Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor
Author(s): Janice Harris Lord
Corporate Author: Justice Solutions
United States of America
Date Published: November 17, 2005
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Justice Solutions
Washington, DC 20001
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2002-VF-GX-K013
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Families who have found ways to manage "the holidays" so as to reduce the stress related to the deaths of loved ones or other personal traumas related to crime victimization offer suggestions for other crime victims.
Abstract: One suggestion is to make a family decision about which holiday traditions to keep and which to let go in order to lessen the impact on those most affected by loss. Another suggestion is to have a special tribute in honor of a loved one who has died. Also, families should consider carefully where to spend the holidays, so that love and nurturing will be magnified during this period. It is also important to balance solitude with sociability. Rest and solitude can help renew strength, and friends and family can be a needed source of support. Attempts to avoid memories are not as therapeutic as a conscious effort to recall fond memories and be grateful for them. Although holidays inevitably carry sadness, much joy can be retained by continuing or strengthening a tradition of giving to others and accepting the love and care of others. Other suggestions are to find creative outlets for expressing ones self, celebrating with children as they experience the joy of the holidays, protecting physical and emotional health by eating healthy, and engaging in rituals of faith or participating in support groups of people who have experienced similar losses.
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): OVC grant-related documents; Psychological victimization effects; Stress management; Victim attitudes; Victim counseling; Victims of violent crime
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