Holiday Programs

Holiday Programs to Assist the Bereaved

Each of these program were written and designed by Nan Zastrow and were delivered as a community holiday program. Additionally, these are available in our PRODUCT section for purchase so you can present a similar program.We are proud to report that many of these programs are shipped every year across the United States and used successfully by other organizations.

How a Fortune Cookie Can Heal Grief

(Customized for holiday but can be used as a program to provide the bereaved with inspiration and hope, any time.)
Did you ever think a fortune cookie could offer a profound message that offers comfort, happiness, and peace is a life stressed by grief? Sometimes holiday festivities and commercialization remind us of what we are missing rather than the blessings we have. Discover “something good” in the unpredictability or receiving the 12 Gifts of Hope through acts of kindness. The delightful twist in this program can only be interpreted as inspiration and good fortune.

Workshop presented at the National Bereaved Parents USA Conference in New York City, 2009.

The Legend of the Ebber -(an “Ebber” is an emotion that nudges your grief.)

This delightful holiday program captures the participant’s attention through rhyme and the voice of the reader as he tells about the antics of a rascal character called the Ebber. The Ebber’s persona is that of causing grievers pain – and he is so named because of those painful grief bursts he brings to the bereaved. In this legend, the Ebber is miraculously transformed through the bereaved’s discovery of how to turn grief into joy – a lesson for all. The story alone (without using it as a program) is destined to be a classic and you will want to read each holiday season.

Featured workshop at the World Gathering for the Bereaved, Vancouver, BC, 2005
Community program Encore for 2011-Wausau, WI

Something Old, Something New, Something Just to Get You Through

A heart-warming program that helps participants explore the memories of past holidays (the Way it Was), and preserve meaningful traditions this holiday after the death of someone loved (The Way It Is). Offers them 3 gifts of the Past, The Present, and the Future that can help them cope with holiday grief and plan for the future (The Way It Can Be). Bring this program to your community or purchase the program guide and present it yourself. Some “props” required. This program was successfully presented as a community program.

Taming the Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues are characterized by sadness that is magnified during the holidays after the death of a love done. In this program, participants will hear letters from Dear Carin that address the dilemmas of changing traditions and coping with others are feeling seasonal joy. The facilitator leads the group to discover ways to gain control over their fears and frustrations and prepare them for holiday events that are inescapable, but manageable. Bring this program to your community or purchase the program guide and present it yourself. Some “props” required. This program was successfully presented as a community program.

One is Silver and the Other Gold

In this program, determine which traditions are silver and which are gold and weigh the value of both. Find out how to create a silver lining to help you through the holidays. “I believe we are here for a reason. I believe that as each day unfolds; we see less of a shadow, and more of the sun. Less of the tarnish and more of the gold.” Bring this program to your community or purchase the program guide and present it yourself. Some “props” required. This program was successfully presented as a community program.