Managing Grief during the Holidays: Gaining the gift of Hope

Learning practical tools to help you survive and thrive during the Holidays after loss due to death
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

This is a video based course that takes less than an hour to watch, but will take much longer to fully do the work in the Student Course Guide.

This course provides the student an in-depth plan for managing grief during the Holidays. It is full of practical, hands on, and functional exercises and activities. There is a lengthy Student Course Guide that is a workbook of sorts. It is lengthy, (about 30 pages) but full of questions that will help the student as he/she creates a practical plan to embrace the holiday season with hope instead of being paralyzed by grief.

Printable forms are included for the student to be able to indefinitely use them to assist him/her as he/she dissects every part of their Holiday into smaller parts that will allow them to manage the difficult areas as opposed to floundering through the holidays with a series of actions and reactions that are completely controlled by grief.

This course is not designed for the student to tackle each task in one sitting. Grief simply will not allow that. Choose one or two tasks from this course and incorporate those until you are strong enough or ready to incorporate more. Please take note...the workbook is over 30 pages that will need to be printed. There are also "Planning Sheets" that will need to be printed and can be used every holiday season as you manage grief during the Holidays. You will also have lifetime access to this course and the information it contains.

Tammy McDonald is the instructor and she is a Certified Life Coach with specialty training in Grief and Loss. She develops training programs, speaks to groups, and serves clients through one on one coaching sessions in person or via Skype. She is also a published Author.

What are the requirements?

  • Be willing to accept that even though something terrible happened in their life, there is still good to be experienced and embraced, even if its in small measure
  • Realize that this course is FULL of basic things that they can do to manage grief during the holidays, but also accept that because of grief they may only be able to implement one or two aspects at a time...successfully implementing ALL suggestions at the same time is difficult and probably not a good idea. Do what you can manage and then revisit as new levels of strength rise. Celebrate each matter how small.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Manage Grief during the Holidays and have hope
  • Create a plan or map on how to engage in the Holidays instead of dread them
  • Recognize the value of their loss without forgetting the value of what they still have
  • Identify who their safe co-travelers are
  • Realize the details in this course are to add tools to their ability to manage different parts of the Holiday Season, but they are not expected to be able to fully incorporate all of them at one time...grief is a process.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one this Holiday season.
  • This course is for people wanting practical skill to manage their grief instead of allowing the grief to manage them during the Holidays.
  • This course is for people who want to have hope for the Holidays after a significant loss
  • this course is for people wanting to help brokenhearted loved ones find hope for the Holidays after loss
  • This course is NOT for people who have not experienced loss or heartbreak
  • This course is not for those who want to stay stuck in grief during the Holidays
  • This course is for people who are ready to take "Baby Steps" to move forward this Holiday Season in Hope.
  • This is a BASIC course designed to help people who struggle to move forward after loss.

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Section 1: Welcome to Managing Grief During the Holidays: Laying the Foundation

Welcome. You have taken a bold step to embrace Hope over Grief during the Holidays. You can be on the fence or stuck in grief and still glean some life changing truths and tools through taking this course. This is the first of four foundational lessons that will pave the way for you to develop a plan for managing grief during this Holiday season. There is hope for you!

Looking at the three types of grief

This power point film gives a powerful visual about how our perspective can be skewed when it comes to grief., and when left unchecked, grief can become a thief that steals healthy aspects of our lives, and as a result, our grief becomes compounded.


Refreshing what we have gone over so far...

Section 2: Creating a roadmap to hope.

This video is an overview of the things you can expect to learn from section two of this course.

Mapping my destination: Where do I want to go?

On any trip, you must plan to re-fuel or else you will find yourself stranded and delayed on reaching your destination. In this lecture you will decide where our sources of fuel come from as well as look ahead as possible times we will "run out of gas" and plan ahead to keep that from happening.


All journeys are better with co-travelers. You will identify who your potential co-travelers are and what their role can be in your journey to manage grief during the Holidays.


On all journeys there are beautiful things along the way that we can miss. In this lesson we will intentionally look at beautiful things that we may be tempted to miss, by-pass, or ignore during our journey to find hope and manage grief during the Holidays.


On all journeys we have ideas of what route we want to take. Sometimes, however, the roads we want to take are under construction. After a death, there are many paths that have to be "rebuilt" as our heart mends. This lesson will help you determine the roads that are safe to travel, and which ones are "still under construction".

anchoring to hope: a mid way check up

It is never a good idea to embark on a journey without telling anyone where you are going or how you plan to get there. This Lecture helps you identify who to share your plans with and how to allow them to support you and check in on you.

Be Flexible: Have a Back-Up Plan (or 2, or 3, or...)

This looks back over the material that has been covered in this section

Section 3: Items I need to pack for this journey

Now that we've looked at the details of creating a plan to manage grief during the holidays, we are going to "Unwrap" a few things that will help our holiday be easier.


Recognizing what you have, What you lost, and the Values of both.


The holidays will be easier if we aknowledge the "elephant" in the room, Your emotions, and other people's emotions.


To effectively manage grief during the holidays you must be intentional intentional to be present, be engaged and involved, and embrace the good.


Traditions can be a good thing or a source of pain. Be willing to let go of the painful ones, cling to the ones that bring comfort, and create new ones that reflect your life as it is now.


Kindness is a beautiful gift to give yourself as well as others.

I must be AWARE

Grief can be sneaky. Be aware of your mental state, emotional state, and your physical state. If the darkness of grief is choking the life out of you, be aware and get help if you need it. Don't let grief steal your life.

Section 4: Wrap up

Congratulations. You have completed this course, but unfortunately not completed your journey through grief. This lecture shares options on how to manage grief beyond the Holidays.

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Instructor Biography

Ms. Tammy McDonald, Author, Speaker, Life Coach, Grief Coach

Tammy is a Certified Life Coach with advanced training to specialize in grief and loss. She leads workshops, provides group and one on one coaching, and is a sought after teacher and guest speaker.

She lives in the Houston, Texas area with her family and graduates in May with an Associates of Theology.

Her motto is "Life falls apart, but we don't have to!" Her goal is to educate people about the different types of grief and help them map a course that leads to hope after loss.

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