I started this letter at a time when nobody was writing about grief, or even about grief and the Holidays.
And those who were, were not discussing the elephant in the room.
The deep sadness of the Holidays.
You see, happy seasons, are the saddest seasons for people who are grieving.
Even the sun shining brightly in the winter, can feel like loss.
Even bells ringing.
People with gift bags walking down the streets can set you off.
The triggers are so many.
I put together a small list that can help just a little during the next few weeks.
1- Make this the most untraditional holiday you have ever had. If you normally celebrate with the tree, the big dinner and the works, try something completely different this year. Go to the beach instead, or stay in bed all day if you need to. Choose your way of the holidays and don’t feel guilty. This is YOUR life.
2- Speak the truth every day. Let it out. Scream it if you have to. It is YOUR voice.
3- Make a wish, but don’t stop there! Take one small action and use the Holiday season to begin something new. To make that wish come true. That is when you will start seeing the impossible become possible. Time does not heal all wounds, action does.
4- Change something inside your house. Even something that nobody else can see but you.
5- If you get invited to dinner and you don’t feel like going, say NO thank you and go and do whatever you want. Yes, whatever you want.
6- Stop buying gifts for people you don’t care about. As a matter of fact if you don’t feel like buying gifts don’t buy them. Don’t be trapped in that fake polite space after loss. You don’t need this pressure. Free yourself from the gift expectations and send an email to the people in your life telling them that you are going to do holidays your way this year.
7- Remember, it is just a few days of craziness and you have survived much worse, you can do this.
8- Buy something for yourself that is very unlike you. Building your new identity can start as a holiday gift to you.
9- Above all find a moment to say a prayer for yourself.
10- And in that prayer ask for what you need not just for the holidays but for every day after that.
This holiday season be true to you.
Even if it means people won’t like you anymore.
You have been through really hard times, who cares what they think.
I am not the most popular person, I don’t pretend to like people, or visit with anyone I don’t really want to see.
Loss has taught us that life is short and we should not be wasting trying to please other people when we are dying inside.
The Holidays for those who are grieving is like feeling the regular pain you normally feel times 100. (Click Here to Tweet!)
Treat yourself to special things, and if it means your special thing is the Hallmark channel, then let that be your companion during this time of the year.
You get to say how it goes, it is hard enough as it is.
With selfish wishes,
PS.WHERE DID YOU GO is nearly here. I can’t believe it.
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