when easter feels tough to get through: let's talk about that

Hi amazing Parent Connect community, So... the Easter long weekend is coming up. For some people here, that might have a particular meaning for you or your family, due to your faith or traditions; for others it's linked to holidays, and being with friends and family; there's chat about celebration, chocolate. bunnies and chickens and new life. And all of those things can rattle you, and your family, around if you're facing treatment, recovering, making sense of what happened, missing a loved one, or caring for someone through a tough time. For so many reasons. Memories, words, expectations... And for our Connect-ers in Brisbane and surrounds, that also has the extra layer of Covid-lockdown. It's a really tough time. We'd encourage you to take the best, gentle care of yourself possible... Beyond Blue has some good general tips here about caring for yourself well, especially in the context of Covid: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/managing-my-daily-life/coping-with-isolation-and-being-at-home/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself.html For those who are bereaved, What's Your Grief has a post up about a remembering activity to connect with your loved one, and some hints and tips for getting though Easter for bereaved families: https://whatsyourgrief.com/grief-and-easter/ So, here at Connect, we are thinking of you, wherever you are this weekend - and hoping that you can lean into your community here, and those who are around you. Our chat counselling service will be CLOSED from Good Friday, reopening Tuesday 6th April. If you, or someone you care about, needs someone to chat with immediately in this time, we recommend our amazing colleagues at Lifeline Australia (13 11 14) or Lifeline NZ (0800 543 354). They are available 24/7. You can even reply here with what is helping you cope, or anything that has helped your family through this time, and share that wisdom :) Take good care of you, -The Connect Team :)