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Cancer, COVID, and Holiday Blues

Nov 4, 2020

As much as the holidays can be joyous, they can also be a time of loneliness and anxiety for people managing cancer — especially with the added isolation due to COVID-19. Hear experts Kelly Grosklags and Shirley Otis-Green discuss ideas for getting through the seasonal blues.

Taking care of your mental and emotional health is important to, and we hope this program helps you cope with your feelings this holiday season, and find comfort during an exceptionally difficult year.

About the guest
Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC

Kelly Grosklags is an experienced therapist who dedicated her practice to minimizing suffering through her work in oncology, palliative care, and hospice. Kelly is a licensed clinical social worker, a board-certified diplomate in clinical social work, and a fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling. She is the author of A Comforted Heart: An Oncology Psychotherapist Perspective on Finding Meaning and Hope During Illness and Loss. Kelly now teaches and speaks frequently about end-of-life issues, including care, grief and loss, both in person, on her website, Conversations With Kelly, and on her Conversations With Kelly Facebook page. Her passionate and supportive demeanor helps patients, caregivers and health professionals connect with the wisdom of making life more meaningful, coping with depression and anxiety, transforming fear into hope, healing versus curing, and the wisdom of dying a good death.

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FNAP is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Collaborative Caring, dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of culturally congruent, person-centered, and family-focused interprofessional care. Shirley’s education, research and consultation efforts focus on quality-of-life, palliative care, leadership development and creating meaningful organizational change.

— Last updated on April 7, 2022, 1:56 PM