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Personal grief can create a feeling of drowning, particularly during the holiday season. The Rev. Carl Malm and Latham United Methodist Church in Huntsville are presenting a free series on surviving grief during Christmastimeto give "Hope for the Holidays." (AP Photo file / Gero Breloer)

Personal grief seems even worse when highlighted by general celebrations. That is the contrast that makes the Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas season one of the bleakest for some people.

Those who have experienced a recent loss, those who personally battle Yuletide depression and those who know of others who do are invited to participate in four free supper conversations designed to give .

The lectures series, which begins Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at , 109 Weatherly Road just east of Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, continues Mondays through Dec. 16. The series was previously presented at First Baptist Church in Madison, Ala.

The Rev. Carl Malm, from Huntsville s interdenominational Center for Loss, Grief Change, will lead the lectures at the church, Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Topics will be Hope for the Holidays: Grieving When Everyone Else Is Celebrating on Nov. 25; "The Experience of Grief" on Dec. 2; The Bridge: Five Transitions To Survive Grief on Dec. 9; and Winter Without Spring: Complicated Grief on Dec. 16. Light refreshments will be served.

The meetings are free, with donations accepted, but reservations are requested by contacting the church at 256-881-4069.

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