Healthy Grieving During HolidaysFeatured Stories, News Thursday, December 12th, 2013
If the holidays are a painful time for you, you aren’t alone.
Hospice Brazos Valley Chaplain Gary Roe says holidays have the unique ability to bring up losses from the past, but it’s okay to feel sad about loved ones being gone, and also to feel the pain of them not being present.
He says moving through those feelings helps get the “elephant” out of the room, and helps the bereaved to embrace the holidays even better.
Roe says if you are grieving and have people in your life who don’t understand, it can be helpful for you to simply admit that you are still working through it, without having to explain why.
He says a person who is grieving does need some alone time, but they also need to make sure they have at least one safe person in their life to share with.
Meanwhile, if someone you love is grieving during the holidays, it’s okay to let them feel sad.
Roe says to remember that everyone grieves at their own pace, and sometimes the wisest thing is to not say anything but just accept them where they are, be available, and find a loving way to serve them.
Click below to listen to Hospice Brazos Valley Chaplain Gary Roe visit with WTAW’s Kat McMullen.GaryRoe1210131.mp3
CLICK HERE to go to Gary Roe’s website.
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