By Leader Editor Kara Apel

Losing a loved one this year has been particularly difficult.

The pandemic has prevented families from getting to say goodbye to their loved ones in the hospital and even being able to experience the closure that comes from hosting a funeral service with all of their family and friends around.

And while the holiday season can sometimes give us a reprieve from grief, this year has stolen even this from all of us. Many families are not able to continue beloved holiday traditions or are spending the holidays in isolation as a precaution.

This year, navigating the loss of a loved one is compounded by the loss of the typical holiday festivities that we all look forward to and enjoy.

In the video below, bestselling author and grief expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt is sharing some practical suggestions for families to help them through these unique and unprecedented times. Dr. Wolfelt serves as the director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition in Fort Collins, CO.

We hope you’ll not only watch this video to learn more from Dr. Wolfelt but also consider sharing this video with families who need extra support during this holiday season.

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