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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice Logo

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
937.390.9665

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice

7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
1.800.654.4490

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice - Cincinnati Office

11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
1.800.654.4490

Coping With Grief After the Holidays

The holidays present a special challenge for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Living in the midst of a society full of celebration while one is carrying deep sadness is exhausting. The holidays are full of memory triggers, threatening grief ambushes at any moment. And the sheer length of the holidays — beginning in November and not ending until January — can try the energy and endurance of even the most determined griever.  

For many, the end of the holiday season comes as somewhat of a relief. However, the vestiges of sadness, heaviness and pure exhaustion will remain. The cold, bleak skies of January will do little to raise the spirits of the griever. But the slow pace of the winter may be a gift to those who have survived the emotional and physical intensity of the holiday season. If the griever can see these months as a time to rest and hibernate a bit, recovery from the emotional injuries of the holidays may be smoother and more complete.  

Taking more time for quiet, relaxing pursuits; consciously planning and eating a healthier diet; incorporating some mild/moderate exercise into your daily routine; and spending time with selected, supportive individuals can help in the grief process after the holidays.  

Normalize the continued sadness through the difficult winter months. Dreaming about new things you would like to try when your energy returns and the winter months end also can lift the spirits. The pain of the holiday season will eventually pass and bring renewed strength and courage. 

If you need additional grief support and would like to speak with a bereavement counseling professional from our Pathways of Hope Grief Counseling Centers, please visit our website at: https://www.ohioshospice.org/pathwaysofhope/ and call a location near you. 

Pathways of HopeSM Grief Counseling Centers provide a variety of services to the communities we serve. Support and education are provided by a team of counselors and social workers, all with significant experience and expertise in assisting grieving children, adolescents and adults.

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