Grief is normal.  If we care about another, sooner or later, we will experience grief.

This website exists as an extension of the mission of the Community Coalition on Grief and Bereavement in the four counties of the northwest corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Our goal is to provide grief education, support, and referrals to the people of this area.

 Board Meetings for the 2013-14 year:
Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 11:15am
dutch treat luncheon to be held at Kangas Cafe in the old Hospital.
Contact Barbara Kendall for more information



The CCGB is a 501(c)(3) organization, and depends upon your financial support and community grants to maintain our services .  Thank-you to everyone who supported  us this fall with finances and attendance.    To make a donation,  please mail check to:  The Community Coalition on Grief and Bereavement, P.O. Box 678, Houghton, MI  49931  OR contact Nancy Wakeman at or call Barbara Kendall at 482-8048.  Thank-you !


Managing Grief during the Holidays

The holidays are a difficult time for people who have lost a loved one in the past year or two.  The festivities of the season can cause someone grieving to feel overwhelmed or isolated.  Here are some tips for getting through the holidays:

1.  Begin early to think about your holidays.  Consider what is most important to you and who you need to speak with.

2.  Be patient and realistic.  Leave the words "I should" or "I ought to" out of the holidays season this year.  

3.  Let your plans and limits be known.  Take time for self care and listen to what your body and your heart are telling you.

4.  Recognize that family get-togethers may be difficult.

5.  Spend time with people who you find supportive and comforting.

6.  Remember that grieving is both emotional work and physical work.

7.  Have a response ready when well-meaning people wish you a 'happy holiday'.

8.  Keep the memory of your loved one alive and hold on to your hope.

9.  Seek out professional help if you need it.

10.  Remember that the anticipation of any holiday is often worse than the holiday itself.

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