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The Time to Celebrate in the Time of Sorrow
12/7/2013 10:13:29 AM
Celebrating your cherished traditions when you are mourning is difficult. The joy of the season is diminished by the sadness of your loss. Here are tips for you to feel the joy while mourning your loss.

That time of year is here again. The Holidays are upon us, bringing excitement and chaos, memories and tears. The busyness of these weeks may keep our minds focused on the traditions we celebrate, but when bereavement accompanies you every day, thereís a dull ache that wonít go away. Friends and family want you to share in the joy of the holidays, and may flood you with places to go and things to do. Keeping the spirit alive is their goal and, though well-meant, they donít understand that this year, and maybe for many years, a somber note clouds over the festivities.

How can you help yourself or someone else to celebrate your cherished traditions while mourning a loved one? Remember that this is your holiday to commemorate as you wish. It may not resemble anything youíve done before, but you can establish new traditions, join others or be by yourself, or simply stroll through public places listening to the music and feeling the energy of people who are making merry. Decide ahead of time what youíll do if sadness overtakes you, and make a list of gifts to give yourself this year. These gifts may include a cup of coffee and ice cream, an ornament for yourself or your loved one, a phone call to someone you havenít talked to for a long time, or connecting with a neighborhood group distributing toys or food baskets.

The pain of loss will be with you for a long time, and missing your loved one may seem unbearable. If being with large groups is difficult, invite a few people who are close to you, serve simple food, and relax together. A sense of quiet peace and joy emerges from the gentle touch of those who truly comfort.

This may be a time of sorrow for others you know, and planning an outing might be the perfect solution for meeting and greeting, without having to answer endless questions of how you are doing. Plays and concerts are abundant and many are free or cost little. A chili supper and game night or dessert and coffee spread warmth around and nourish body and soul.

The need for comfort for yourself or a friend can occur anytime of the year, but the holidays are especially difficult. The gift of time and a listening ear are at the top of everyoneís list. Put on your Santa hat and feel the joy.

I wish you well,

Judy

 

 



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More Blogs by Judy A. Strong
•  The Time to Celebrate in the Time of Sorrow - Saturday, December 07, 2013  
•  Tips for Connecting with Kids - Tuesday, June 18, 2013
• Prioritize You - Tuesday, March 19, 2013
• Living Alone and Liking It - Friday, March 08, 2013
• House For Sale - Thursday, February 14, 2013
• Identity Theft - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• Do You Hear what I Hear? - Monday, December 10, 2012
• Announcement for a Tips Booklet - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
• Count Your Blessings - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
• Pain Management - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
• The First 24 Hours - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• First Responders - Monday, October 15, 2012
• Written By A Survivor - Monday, October 15, 2012
• Vacations Are For Clarity - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
• Families and Inlaws - Friday, August 03, 2012
• Have You Written Your Will Yet? - Friday, July 20, 2012
• Knowledge is Gold - Sunday, July 08, 2012
• Closure - Mixed Emotions - Friday, June 15, 2012


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