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For people who are experiencing a loss, the holiday season can be anything but festive

Photograph provided by Centerstone

For many, the holidays are a time of happiness. However, for those dealing with a loss, the holidays can only make the grief worse.

Kala Hight, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Centerstone, and she says it's important to keep in mind, getting over grief is different for everyone.

"Not everyone is going to have the same cookie-cutter reaction to grief, or the holidays. So I think it's important to know that people are going to be coming from different places emotionally especially if they're grieving."

Hight adds it's important for hosts of Christmas events to take a non-judgemental approach if a family member or a friend, is not celebrating as much.

Kevin Boucher is a retired broadcaster. Most recently he was a news reporter for WSIU radio. He grew up watching nature programs including Mutual of Omaha’s wild kingdom and the many Jacques Cousteau specials which sparked his passion with nature. Kevin also is an avid hiker and loves seeing and writing stories about the many fascinating plants and animals we share our planet with. Kevin is married and has lived in Murphysboro since 1976, after living in many places, including Japan, as the son of a Navy officer.

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