Survive the Holidays while Grieving

Your community awaits!

Join others who are navigating the holidays without their loved one(s) this season.

Nov. 18 – Dec. 30

Grief makes the holidays HARD!

For the last two months of the year, we are inundated with messages of merriment, joy, love and gratitude. The holidays emphasize the significance of family, friends, and sharing these magical moments together

So when there is one less stocking hung by the chimney, an empty chair at the Thanksgiving feast, or you find yourself suddenly dateless on New Year’s Eve, it’s difficult to uphold the cheer.

The holidays create a noticeable void that your loved one is no longer with you.

It’s hard to access happiness, joy, love and gratitude, when all you feel is sadness, anger and longing for your loved one and the life you had with him or her here. 

The holidays can actually add to your suffering when you are grieving because you believe that you “should” be able to find joy. This message gets stressed even further by friends, family and coworkers who don’t understand. 

The reality is that you can’t force holiday cheer. Healing takes time. 

It’s ok to feel this way. 

Join a community who understands 💖

The Holiday Grief Group is for anyone who has experienced a loss and is seeking a safe & supportive space to process their grief and connect with others facing similar losses. Whether it’s your first holiday season without your loved, or your 10th — you are welcome in this group! 

From mid-November through the end of the year, members of the Holiday Grief Group will meet every other week via ZOOM to discuss a different topic (see below). 

The 60-min sessions will be broken into two parts — 

PART ONE: GUIDANCE 

Emily will provide tips, tools and education around a specific holiday grief topic 

and 

PART TWO: ENGAGEMENT 

Participants will have time to ask questions, engage in conversation and connect with each other in private break-out rooms within this safe and supportive space. 

All sessions will be recorded and shared with anyone who signs up. 

Participants will also be invited to join our Private Holiday Grief Group on Facebook where Emily will provide ongoing support and gentle guidance, and where members can continue to engage and connect between online sessions.

What you will gain from this group!

Here’s a snapshot of how this experience will benefit you this holiday season: 

❇️ HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TOOLS

 During each LIVE session, Emily will share tips & tools for coping with grief during the holidays. Ask questions and explore what strategies work best for you. 

❇️  CONNECTION & SUPPORT  

Share your pain and your struggles this holiday season with a community who “gets it” and truly understands. No judgements, just love and compassion. 

❇️  SPACE TO GRIEVE

Even though the outside world is feeling merry and bright, in this space “SCROOGES” are welcome! You don’t have to put on a smile for us. 

❇️  GRACE & COMPASSION  

It’s easy to beat ourselves up for feeling anything less than magical during the holidays. In this space we will practice self-compassion and learn to accept that grace is enough right now. 

CREATING A HOLIDAY SURVIVAL PLAN

Thursday, Nov. 18 

Learn how to intentionally create space for grief with coping strategies, mindset shifts, self-care practices and setting boundaries. In this session we will also cover what to do about holiday traditions without our loved one AND how to make space for both joy and sadness during the holidays. 

FEELING (UN)GRATEFUL

Thursday, Dec. 2

This conversation will re-define gratitude and help participants understand that if gratitude isn’t accessible right now that it’s ok — GRACE is enough. We will practice self-compassion, learn to let go of the “shoulds,” and explore gratitude practices that serve and support us. 

HOME ALONE 

Thursday, Dec. 16

Despite friends and families surrounding us, the holidays can feel extremely lonely without our person. This session explores how loneliness feels and mindset strategies to reframe it. Through group conversation, we will connect with and support one another as a reminder that as lonely as you feel — you are not alone. 

A NEW YEAR WITHOUT MY PERSON

Thursday, Dec. 30

The New Year brings a sense of permanence to a loss . It’s hard to fathom another year spent and starting a new one without our person. This session will focus on how to hold the duality of missing our person and allowing ourselves to feel excitement and hold a vision for the year ahead. 

All 60-min sessions take place on Thursdays at 12pm MST. Emily and her team will check-in and provide additional support in the private Facebook Group between sessions. 

6-Weeks of Grief Support for $197 (usually $597)

I personally know how hard the holidays can be when you’re grieving. I remember how angry and sad I was throughout my first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my husband Ian. I tried to be grateful and cheerful — I wanted to put on a smile to make magic for my kids — but it only made my grief worse. 

 
That’s why I’m creating this Holiday support group as my gift to YOU!
Your investment in a program like this would typically cost  ~$597, so I hope you take advantage of my invitation and help me create a community where grief can exist among the joy of the holidays. 

$197 USD

FAQ

WHEN ARE THE SESSIONS? 

60 min ZOOM calls every other Thursday at 12pm MST –
Nov. 18 / Dec. 2 / Dec. 16 / Dec. 30

Emily and her support coach will provide additional guidance and compassion in the private Facebook group between LIVE ZOOM sessions. 
WILL THERE BE RECORDINGS IF I CAN’T ATTEND? 

Yes! All sessions and support material will be posted in the private Facebook Group where you can access the content at any time. However, attending sessions LIVE is highly encouraged to foster community & connection and to promote a deeper transformation.

WILL YOU ISSUE A REFUND IF I END UP DROPPING OUT? 

Unfortunately, no. It takes substantial resources for me to create these safe spaces for healing and to ensure a supportive experience for everyone involved, so I cannot offer refunds. This is a commitment to yourself and healing, and my hope is that your investment holds you accountable to yourself and others sharing in this space. 

IF I NEED CUSTOMIZED SUPPORT, CAN I ADD ON 1:1 COACHING TOO?

Yes! I can create a customized package with a discount off my individual coaching rate. Together we will come up with a plan that best supports you! Please send me an email at emily@movethrugrief.com if you are interested. 

What my clients are saying

While this will be the first round of the Holiday Grief Group, here is a look at what some of my clients have said about my other coaching programs …

“It was definitely grief changing. For me it was life changing.” – Yole

“I gained so much support from sharing my story, hearing other’s stories, and learning that each story is different, but each needs to be heard (not fixed). It was a safe, supportive space where I learned to acknowledge my emotions, name them, and continue to move in and through them.” – Holly 

“I learned how to really feel my emotions, lean into and sit in them; allow them to come in and move through me. Most importantly my feelings were validated not only by Emily, but by everyone in our group.” – Karen

“I am not a very open person, especially with discussing my feelings. There was never any pressure to speak and share. However, the comfort of having others who share made it so easy to open and share when I felt like I could. Being surrounded by others in a time of so much hurt and heartache gave me a sense of normalcy.” – Ashley

“I have opened my eyes to the beauty of my own life. I learned growth is possible [after a loss] and I look forward to being open to having joy in my life again.” – Juliane

 

About Me

I’m Emily. I’m a Certified Grief Educator, grief coach, fitness professional, mother of two, and widow as of March 2019 when my husband Ian passed away from Uveal Melanoma. 

I’ve found meaning in my loss by helping others heal. 

I’ve always found joy and value in movement, but after losing Ian, I found that moving my body was the only way to cope with my grief. 

Exercise was how I experienced my emotions and felt my feelings during the early stages of loss. While I felt trapped in my mind trying to name or understand my emotions, I experienced a sense of freedom with every burpee, a hint of courage with every rep of a heavy weight, and a glimmer of hope with every drop of sweat fleeing my body.

While fitness has helped me embrace grief, I’ve also made essential mindset shifts to radically re-conceptualize my life moving forward. I’ve had to let go of societal definitions of hardship and struggle; I’ve had to stop qualifying life experiences; and I’ve had to create my own meaning in loss. 

At the end of the day, it is what it is. AND it will be what we make it! 

Losing Ian has proven to me that life really is a journey and his death — although tragic and life-consuming in the moment — is just one milestone. My sadness, my loneliness and my grief are not permanent. Feelings, human beings and human experiences are always in motion. Ian and I both understood that no matter what struggle life hands you, we have a choice — to remain trapped by tragedy or to moveTHRU and perhaps, even be TRANSFORMED (for the better)! 

I can’t wait to meet you!

You don't have to navigate grief during the holidays alone!

Join my Holiday Grief Group and find the support, compassion and guidance you need to navigate the season of joy while grieving. 

If you know someone else who would be interested in joining this group, please help me spread the word. Sending love and light always!

– Emily 

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