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Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:14 am

Editor's Note 11/30/17

In this our Holiday Guide issue, it is appropriate to pass along some guidance for the shadow side of holidays, where not all is fun and games. Staab Funeral Home, and other Springfield funeral homes, hold regular gatherings aimed at helping their clients get through the holiday season while grieving a family member who has died during the year. At the Staab event Sunday, the 100 or so family members were advised to consider setting an extra place at the table and speaking openly about the “elephant not in the room,” especially to put other guests at ease. Jason Troyer, Ph.D., a grief expert and professor of psychology at Maryville College in Tennessee, advised family members not to be concerned about doing grieving right. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and her five stages are so 50 years ago. Meanwhille, Illinois Times is preparing our annual “Remembering” issue scheduled for Dec. 28, in which we celebrate the lives of local people who have died this year. If you’d like to participate by remembering a friend or family member, see the instructions on p. 33. Submissions are due Dec. 15. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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