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HE. RITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH By Ilene Springer NEWTON, Mass. (JTA)-- Matzah, the Seder, ancient Egypt. These are some of the things that come to mind when we think of Passover. But prob- ably the most poignant thought is that of family and friends. For better or worse, what would Passover be with- .out sharing it with the most Important people in your lives? And yet, every year, some people and most of us even- tUally, have to face the first Passover without someone sig- nificant, whether it be a hus- nd, wife, mother, father, or WOnderful friend. And for those PeOple, it means that this Pass- A Happy & Healthy Passover OVer will be different- and dif- ficult. This is especially true !or older adults who, accord- ifgto geriatric researchers, en face accumulated losses. ut there are some things you can do for yourself (or others) to get through a lonely Pass- Ver. NEWS, APRIL 11, 2003 loss, set a plate for grief Jewish community centers. It may even help you to volun- teer at one. Or invite someone over to your home for an in- Don't expect things to be the same this Passover if you've lost someone close to you. AI- lowyourselfto remember how it was before, and give yourself formal Seder; the companyand time to grieve. Don't try to a little tradition is what's im- pretend everything is OK for portant, not a big, elaborate the benefit of others. If pos- meal. sible, do something in the At a time when you're feel- person's memory, such as ing especially sad, it's impor- lightingextracandles.Change tant to take extra good care of the tradition a little. Some your physical and emotional people say it's helpful to sit in health. Keep up your exercise; the person's place at dinner, long walks are the easiest and soyoudon'tdwellontheempty best. Eat properly and avoid spot. Or if you've always held self-medicating yourself with the Seder at your home, go to alcohol or other drugs. And by someoneelse'shousethisyear, all means, get enough rest. Do anything to make it easier. Grief is a very physically taxing And most important, remind process, and you need time to yourself that the holiday or renew your strength. In other your present circumstances words, be good to yourself. will not always be like this: It's normal after a loss to Pain does lessen over time. experience sadness around a Find others who share your holiday like Passover, and on grief, other memorable occasions, If you don't have a Seder to as well. But if the sadness per- go to at someone's home, sists and deepens, affecting check out the many Seders your functioning, you maybe held at various temples and sufferingfromclinicaldepres- lIDS students learn about government and medicine re(ToP) State Represen- tire JIM KALLINGER with the fifth-grade the Hebrew 26. children visited Tal- learned about government and Dr. ANDREW teaches HEFLER and ROSEN, School, how of their par- South Campus Enrichment Program GORDON, MAX KINGSTONE and GRANT SIKORA in a floor hockey ' Which is part of the Enrichment Program held at the South Campus. sion which requires medical intervention. If you're feeling sad and hopeless for two weeks straight, if you're having trouble eating and sleeping (too little or too much), call your doctor. On Passover, we open the door for Elijah. This Passover, when you open the door, also let other people into your life who can help you during this tough time. llene Springer writes on health for Cosmopolitan, La- dies' Home Journal, Family Circle and other national magazines and is a regular health columnist for Re- printed from Jewish Family.corn, a service of Jew- ish Family & Life/ PAGE 17 3587 Lakc Emma Road Lak Mary, FL 32746 Tel: 407.833.8960 Fax: 407.833.8924 CERTIFIED AMERICA'S "Hearing Aids Humana Provider Quality Care Competitiv+ Prices * Hearing Aids Video Ear Scans Complete Care Hear Better With CHOICE HEARING CENTER, INC. Custom Made" Free Check-up CONSTANCE I. JONES Audioprosthologist Specialists in Computer Programmable Hearing Aids ((([I,~ 5924 S. Orange Avenue.Orlando, FL 32809 1~,1~'~ wcz (407) 855-9799 ",12 CENTER > Spacex &A S, INC. Solomon F. Schick, C.EE Certified Financial Planner Million Dollar Round Table Member Beth S. Schick, J.D LL.M. Estate Planning Estate Planning and Disability Income Fixed and Variable* Life Insurance Employee Benefits, Long Term Care and Mutual Funds* PLANNING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND 204 N. Wymore Road Winter Park, FL 32789 LD7245-06/00 Telephone: 407/647-4490 Fax: 407/628-5595 E-mail: sfsinc@ *Registered Representatives with and Securities offered through InterSecurities, Inc Member NASD, SIPC 10333 N. Meridian Street, Suite 205; Indianapolis, Indiana 46290 Branch Office: (800) 421-2680 ii :il