The very same holiday rituals that were filled with Joy during other years can become acutely painful when we’re grieving . So much that warmed our spirits during happier times now leave us cold, adding still more weight to hearts so heavy that we may be exhausted from carrying them around.
I lovingly reach out to those of you who are hurting during these holidays to reassure you that as painful as they can be, you can not only get through them, you can experience brief and beautiful moments of love, awe, gratitude and perhaps even joy.
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During this difficult time of year when the absence of someone you love can feel so much more profound than their presence did the year before, and you have no choice but to grieve while the celebration goes on around you, I urge you to make every modest and healing decision that you possibly can.
Decide to take in the love that still surrounds you even if only for a moment.
Decide to touch someone else’s holiday in a modest but meaningful way.
Decide to acknowledge the multitude of gifts that still grace your life – a beautiful sunset, a perfect snowflake, the rich aroma of a scrumptious pie in the oven, the presence of light at the push of a button, a warm home, loving hearts, unanticipated gifts of grace that are already on their way, and so much more….
I bless you. I bless your magnificent, wounded, heavy, and yet still bravely beating heart……
It will get easier, I promise…….