Everyone dreams of having the most wonderful, pie-in-the-sky-high, beautiful, and memorable Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
The reality for many is presently not so beautiful, memorable or wonderful though…
- some have lost a treasured loved one and are deeply missing them
- some are going through a divorce, adultery issues, or extreme marital conflict
- some are going through intense family or extended family conflict
- some have a spouse or a child who is incarcerated
- some are experiencing “blended” family challenges
- some are estranged from a parent, child, sibling, or other family member
- some are going through financial devastation or hardships
- some are experiencing a serious illness or the illness of a loved one
- some have lost a precious child through death or a miscarriage
- some have a spouse, child, or family member away in the military, or who does mission work, or travels longterm for work
- some have major in-law issues or a difficult family member
- some recently broke up with a fiance or significant other
- or some are experiencing other major grief experiences or life challenges
There are many who are hurting, so the holidays turn from being a joyful time of great expectation into being a dreaded time of devastation.
My holiday tip today is:
Grieve the loss of not being able to enjoy the holidays how you once knew them, or how you wish they could be. You are NOT selfish for missing someone or mourning the fact that holidays are a sad time for you.
Holidays can be very challenging when life is painful or chaotic, or especially after experiencing a major loss. When life knocks the breath out of you, it sometimes becomes necessary to learn how to breathe again…and that may include learning how to navigate through the holidays after a major loss has taken place.
You may not feel like the cheeriest elf on the block…and that’s totally okay. It takes time to experience happiness and joy after life devastates you.
Even through thick grief, we truly have the ability to create meaningful holidays, though. They might not hold the same joy you once knew, but they can be special and meaningful once again…even as you honor your grief.
The next tips I share in my next blog post will share specific ideas on how to navigate through the holidays during times of grief, yet still create a meaningful holiday season.
Praying right now for everybody who is going through trials, challenges, conflicts, and grief. I’m genuinely sorry for your heartache!
May you all create and have a peaceful, meaningful, special holiday season filled with memorable moments.
Gratitude & blessings,
©2015 by Kim Niles. All rights reserved.
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4. Grief Bites: Hope For The Holidays: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1964-grief-bites-hope-for-the-holidays