The losses and crises of life rarely occur at a “good time,” especially during the holidays. After experiencing a major loss or transition, getting through the holiday season may seem like an overwhelming task. To add to it, we are also still absorbing the impact of the pandemic and other societal challenges as the holidays approach.
If you’ve experienced a major loss or transition—due to illness, death, divorce, job loss, relationship changes or other challenges—join us for this program to explore ways of coping with holiday expectations and demands. You will learn ways to reduce the stress of preparing for the holidays and how to make celebrations simpler, more spiritual and less materialistic. The inspirational and practical advice shared in this group discussion will help us heal together during this special time of year.
By participating in this program presented by Licensed Mental Health Counselor Alison Issen, you can expect to:
- recognize unrealistic expectations, pressures and other commitments that increase stress levels during the holidays.
- understand the impact of holiday memories and expectations on the grief process.
- develop strategies for healthy boundary setting, prioritizing holiday values and communicating current needs to friends and family.
This program is presented by Alison Issen and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
How to join the Zoom Program:
Upon registration for this program, you will receive two emails:
- One email from Eventbrite: you can either disregard this email or save it for your records. No action needed with this message.
- One email from the Center for Health & Wellbeing: this email will contain your link to join the Zoom meeting. Simply select the link and the Zoom Meeting will launch. Please allow yourself five – 10 minutes before program start to launch Zoom and confirm your technology is properly working.
For troubleshooting and other Zoom-related questions, please email us at email@example.com
By participating in this program, you agree to the CHWB’s Gracious Space policy.
About Your Program Presenter
Alison C. Issen is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered nurse. She recently retired as an outpatient counselor at Orlando Health/University of Florida Health Cancer Center. For several years, she coordinated the Sage-ing Center, a program which encourages and supports adults of all ages, but particularly those in the second half of life, to inventory, evaluate and intentionally plan a life of purpose, learning, fulfillment and community service. Issen brought this comprehensive program to the hospice several years ago and developed Hospice of the Comforter’s Quality of Life Education Program. She has taught Psychology at the college level and worked in the field of health and wellness for more than 35 years, including more than 10 years as a hospice nurse and counselor. Her areas of specialty include Stress Management, Grief and Loss, End-of-Life, Aging and Relationships, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Positive Psychology. Issen holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Beyond her professional life, she is an “extreme gardener” who also volunteers at a local animal shelter and performs with local singing and theatre groups.