Grieving During the Holidays

Our culture sends us constant messages during the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s a time of celebration and joy – so we should all be happy, all of the time! However, for those who have experienced loss, their lived experience may be anything but.

In her blog Refuge in Grief, psychotherapist and grief advocate Megan Devine encourages us to care for ourselves – which includes accepting where we are at, being alone when we feel the need to be, and saying no when we need to do so. You may find her Holiday Survival tips helpful. You may also find it helpful to be with a community of those who share similar experiences. To that end, Christ Church in Greenville is offering a special service in support of those grieving known as “Blue Christmas.” The service will take place on Tuesday, December 19 at 5:45 p.m. in the Markley Chapel. (Christ Church is located in downtown Greenville at 10 Church Street. A map of how to find the church itself (and the chapel, once you are there) is available here.) I’ve also become aware of a ten-week grief support group starting in January; please contact me if you would like more information.

If there is anything the staff at Holy Cross can do to support you or a loved one during this busy (and perhaps stressful) time – even if it is as simple as a listening ear – please do not hesitate to reach out.

Peace,

Reverend Erin