IL Estate Planning Blog

Monday, December 15, 2014

Permission to Grieve

Taken from "A Bereavement Publication from Heartland Hospice", Winter 2014 

As we begin to celebrate this Holiday Season, there are many among us who have lost someone during this past year.  For them, I would like to share this "Holiday Bill of Rights":

  • You have the right to take care of yourself:  to eat right, exercise regularly, and get enough rest.
  • You have the right to have mixed emotions: happy, sad, frustrated, angry, guilty, afraid, and thankful.
  • You have the right to cry when you are sad, smile when you are happy and not feel guilty about it.
  • You have the right to say no to any holiday activities - to pace yourself differently.  You have the right to change your mind about a previously agreed to commitment.
  • You have the right to share your feelings or not.
  • You have the right to have solitude:  for planning, thinking, reflection, introspection, prayer, and relaxation.
  • You have the right to remember your loved one in a meaningful way.
  • You have the right to ask for help and support from friends; family; your church, synagogue, or mosque; and/or community service agencies.
  • You have the right to give gifts that are within your holiday budget.
  • You have the right to follow old traditions or make up new ways of celebrating holidays.

The Law Offices of Stephen Sutera wish everyone a season filled with peace!

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