ESCANABA - Anyone who has had a child die in their family is invited to attend Thursday's meeting of the Southern Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Compassionate Friends at 7 p.m. in Room 963 of the Joseph Heirman University Center at Bay de Noc Community College.
The meeting will focus on the upcoming holiday season by featuring a video entitled "Handling the Holidays" presented by Darci Sims, a well-known speaker on grief.
This is a festive time of the year, filled with joyous occasions and family gatherings. But when a family circle has been broken by death, holidays and special days may only serve to remind loved ones of the empty space at the table.
The holidays are a time when the past and the present collide. Families either try to recreate the wonderful memories of their past or to clean the slate completely and start all over again. When the family fabric has been torn apart by death, the holiday season and special days become some of the most difficult experiences the bereaved must endure.
This video is designed to help individuals use these special days as a time of reflection and renewal, of recollection and reconnection.
Anyone who has lost a child, grandchild, or sibling is welcome to attend.
To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org. or call Neil or Betty at 786-0477.