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Athens News Matters: Dealing with loss during the holidays

The holiday shopping season doesn't have to be unsustainable.
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The holiday shopping season doesn't have to be unsustainable.

We often hear that the “true meaning” of the holiday season is not gifts and parties, but the memories made with family and friends. And while we know that close ties with loved ones don’t guarantee a happy holiday, falling short of that ideal can cause guilt and stress. For those whose families are fractured by death, divorce, estrangement, or other loss, holiday season can be not just stressful, but traumatic. We’ll talk with a counselor about how to cope when the holidays bring more “grief and loss” than “comfort and joy.” 

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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