Dealing with grief during this time of year
Grieving through the holidays? Sorrow in the midst of joy?
The world around us at this time of year has been celebrating the season of joy. Families re-unite from far and near, happy and uplifting songs, family meals complete with all the favourite traditions. Glittery, sparkly decorations, and many homes adorned with beautiful lights to catch the eye.
The joy of Christmas gifts being enjoyed, especially by the little ones, bring smiles to our hearts that we will treasure forever. However, what if you or someone you know has lost a loved one, especially recently?
The grief experienced can only be increased as they are painfully aware they will not be sharing the joys of the season with their precious loved one. The empty chair at the dinner table, or the unopened gifts only serve to accentuate the pain even more. Is it any wonder statistics show an increase in depression, suicides and attempted suicides?
So what can we do? Let’s show them the love of Jesus, after all He is the reason for the season! He tells us, “blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Comfort comes in many actions. We can give badly needed hugs, a shoulder to cry on, or simply bring prepared meals. We can also express our compassion by sharing in their grief by praying for them and with them. We should take the initiative to call and visit them and offer words of comfort, rather than waiting for them to call us.
Grieving is a hard and exhausting process, with some taking longer than others. Jesus reminds us that this life we have on this earth is short and temporary. Let’s make the most of it by storing up treasures in heaven. Give Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and goodwill to all men.