For many bereaved families, the holiday season is also the time of year when they remember the ones in their lives who have died. For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards. These people may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. If you’re mourning a loss this Christmas, the holiday glam and seasonal lights can make you feel terrible. Many people will begin their plans for the holiday this year without someone who has been a part of their holiday memories for most, if not all, of their lives.
We all find different ways of coping. Some of us grieve at Christmas by keeping extremely busy, so we have less time to think. Others grieve by withdrawing or even getting away for awhile. Whatever the grief process is, we must accept it. Only the individual themselves know what they need to do to “get through” the holidays.
The Reverend Trula Hollywood will provide a service on December 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. as a “Space to Bring our Sadness to God” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 Main Street, Owego. The service will include candle lighting as a Litany of Remembrance and fellowship time after the service.