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Making It Through the Holidays: Support for those who are grieving

December 12, 2023 @ 4:30 pm 5:30 pm HST

Please join the Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation and the Bereavement Network of Hawaii for an informal presentation, exploring grieving during the holidays and learn some helpful coping tips to make it through the next few weeks. All are welcome. Please feel free to share with others and ask them to register.

Tue Dec 12, 2023
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Presenters: will include 

  • Alan Gamble, LCSW, clinical social worker, and president of the Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation, 
  • Felicia Marquez Wong, MSW and Bonyen Colunga, LSW, bereavement social workers with extensive years of hospice experience, and 
  • Sara-May Colon, M.Div., BCC, Senior Chaplain, Director of Mission and Spiritual Care, Adventist Health Castle. 

This time of year is especially difficult for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For many there is not a “Happy Holidays”, “Happy Thanksgiving”, “Merry Christmas”, or a “Happy Hanukkah”. Often there is sadness, wanting to be alone, and to be separate from others who don’t understand our grief. There is often a void and deep longing for those who have died or who we have lost to an illness such as dementia. The feelings that arise are sometimes complex and unpredictable and at the same time uniquely our own. One certainly does not want to “celebrate” the holidays without their loved one. Things just aren’t the same anymore. You are not alone. Others are also experiencing grief and loss. Please join them as they explore some helpful coping tools. They are glad to have you.