December 11th, 2007 14:20 EST
Surviving the Holidays When You Are Separated or Divorced
People in the middle of separation or divorce often face Thanksgiving and Christmas with dread. Long-standing family traditions are shattered; the hope and joy that normally accompany the season are replaced by loneliness and depression.
DivorceCare, an international network of divorce recovery support groups, has launched a special "Surviving the Holidays" website to offer practical tools and suggestions designed to help a separated or divorced person construct a healthy approach to the holiday season. The website can be found at www.divorcecare.org/holidays.
The DivorceCare "Surviving the Holidays" website includes practical, actionable strategies that will help separated and divorced people:
Manage tight budgets
Establish new traditions
Help children adjust to new family dynamics
Help others in need
Focus on the true meaning of the holidays
"Most people who are separated or divorced anticipate a dark, depressing experience as they face the weeks ahead of and during holidays," said DivorceCare founder Steve Grissom.
"We've designed this material to help restore joy and optimism to Thanksgiving and Christmas, even in the middle of a divorce. The information is not complicated - it consists of simple steps a person can take to make the holidays manageable and even enjoyable."
DivorceCare is a network of nearly 12,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer divorce recovery support groups. A searchable database of DivorceCare groups is located on the web at www.divorcecare.org. DivorceCare is a ministry of Church Initiative of Wake Forest, NC.