Updated: Tuesday, November 12 2013, 09:20 PM EST
The happiness of the holiday season escapes some people because grief has overwhelmed them.
As News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in today's Health Alert sharing that loss with others can lead to renewed confidence and hope.
It's not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.
Cindy Ward's husband, John, died suddenly two and a half years ago, one day after they renewed their vows.
Cindy Ward, widow, "you see husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, all of these people celebrating this time together and I'm alone."
Tyra Goodman, CarePartners Social Worker, "the sense of loss and longing really seem to be heightened as people approach the holidays."
Jim Mijanovich knows that all too well. The recent death of his mother, brought back memories of his father's death and others years ago, "somehow for me grief seems to be something you can put into a container for a while then it overflows."
Jim and Cindy found hope and healing through CarePartners grief counseling sessions in Asheville.
Participants in the support group gather once a week, sitting around discussing the issues. Eventually, there's graduation. For some, that may come in a period of just a few months; for others, it could take years.
Tyra, "this is a normal part of a very long process. It's frustrating, it's a terrible feeling, but you will get to the other side."
Cindy, "it makes you realize you're not the only person who has been through this, that's the thing."
That goes a long way toward restoring joys of the season.
A workshop, Planning for the Holidays During Grief, will be held Sunday from 3pm-4:30pm at CarePartners Seymour Auditorium on Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.
For more information or to register, call (828) 251-0126.