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Grief Program Focuses On Surviving Holidays

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. The seminar will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 at Escalon First Baptist Church and runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.

Grief experts report “active grief” typically lasts for three years or longer. People dealing with grief often find the holidays quite difficult and painful. In addition to the two-hour seminar, those who attend will receive a Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.

The only cost for the seminar is $5 to cover the cost of the Survival Guide book.

Escalon First Baptist Church is located just off McHenry Avenue at 1511 Catherine Way, Escalon. For more information, Pastor Dale Pederson can be reached at 209-718-6130 or Additional information is also available at, and