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Northampton parish offers tips for surviving the holidays

For the last 10 years, Georgina Moroney, a pastoral minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Northampton, has held the “Surviving the Holidays” program to help grieving members of the local community understand and deal with the feelings and emotions that accompany the process of bereavement and the loss of relationships.

The program allows participants to have the opportunity to share their grief with people who are undergoing similar experiences.

“The grieving process is like an undulating wave,” said Moroney. “I want people to understand that this process is perfectly normal. I want people to be actively involved and to express how they feel ... [but] there is no pressure or requirement to talk.”

The program has helped many people to deal with the process of grief, she said. Moroney said she believes that people begin to understand the emotions they are feeling and look forward to attending the program every year because of it. “This is the reason why I continue to do it each year,” she said.

This year’s “Surviving the Holidays” program is taking place tonight at 6:30 in the Autumn Room at the Elizabeth Ann Seton Youth Center, 87 Beacon St. in Florence.

Following the welcoming and introduction, Moroney will talk about the grieving process and will then ask participants to break off into discussion groups to facilitate the sharing of personal stories and support.

Moroney said her greatest hope is that the program will be able to “convince people that they need to have compassion for themselves.”

For information, call 584-1753.

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