Finding ways to honor losses at the holidays

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Angel of Grief monument in the Hill family plot, Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Photo by Michael Schaffner.

by Ann G.

The winter holidays are a time of cheer and cozy family times—for many of us, but not all.   More than we realize, many people feel past losses more acutely at this time of year, and even changes from the usual rituals can bring sadness.   Beyond knowing that a bittersweet feeling at holiday times (and anniversaries) is normal, there are resources to turn to for help, and for ideas that will help us cope. Continue reading “Finding ways to honor losses at the holidays”

Depression: Out of the Shadows

On May 7th the Central Library is hosting a special preview of a PBS documentary, Depression: Out of the Shadows, followed by a panel discussion focusing on at-risk youth.

One out of four young adults will experience a depressive episode by age 24. How does depression impact at risk youth? DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows, a PBS documentary premiering nationwide on May 21, 2008, at 9 p.m. on KCTS, navigates the disease’s complex terrain, highlighting the latest scientific research and innovative treatments. Depression is also explored through the voices of families and individuals coping with its wide-ranging effects, offering greater awareness and diminished stigma around a disorder that ultimately touches everyone.

The event is held on Wednesday, May 7th, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Microsoft Auditorium. The speakers are DaShaun “Jiwe” Morris, who just published the book, War of the Bloods in my veins : a street soldier’s march toward redemption and his mentor, Terrie Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting.