Surviving the Holidays

Show topic: Surviving the Holidays
December 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

December 13, 2009
December 27, 2009 (rerun)
Surviving the Holidays
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines" focuses on a tough issue that many of us face during the holiday season. The holidays are a time to celebrate, but for those of us who have faced the loss of a loved one, this time of year can be a tremendous struggle.

According to Hospice of the East Bay's Center for Grief and Loss:

  • Grieving the death of a loved one can be a painful and lonely experience.
  • It can change our world by altering our relationships with others, and our own sense of identity.
  • After a loss our daily habits are disrupted.
  • Our life plans are derailed when we experience significant loss.

  • For individuals struggling with grief during the holiday season there are resources available to help. Some may find a support group or class helpful. For others, giving back through volunteering may be the solution they need to make the holidays brighter. If the holidays are feeling like a particularly lonely time of year, animal companionship could be the answer. Studio Guests:

    Lee Ann Morgan
    Bereavement Programs Manager, Hospice of the East Bay's Center for Grief and Loss

    Sharon Silliven-Reiley
    Marriage and Family Therapist, Hospice of the East Bay's Center for Grief and Loss

    John Power
    Executive Director, The Volunteer Center serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties

    Jennifer Emmert
    Manager of Animal Assisted Therapy Program, the San Francisco SPCA
    (415) 554-3060

    Laurie Routhier
    Manager of Humane Education Program, the San Francisco SPCA
    (415) 554-3060

    Additional Resources:
    Dial 2-1-1 for local social service resources