How to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

At this time of year there is a lot of joy and anticipation in the air.  But for those that have lost loved ones and those who are feeling loneliness, there is grief.  How do we handle grief this time of year?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Help others who could use companionship.  Nursing homes have many elderly that on Christmas eve and Christmas day, have no one to visit them.  I have from  my own experiences seen many depressed and lonely elderly sitting in their wheel chairs all alone on Christmas eve and Christmas day.  A lot of these elderly people have no more family around because they moved away or because they are all deceased.
  • Help out at the "soup kitchens".  These kitchens could always use volunteers.  Bring your smile and physical help to those that have no home or much food.
  • Be a secret Santa to someone who could use a smile, laugh, and some love n their life.  
  • Connect with  your family.  If you haven't talked to family members for along time, maybe it's time to give them a call, forgive, and connect!
  • Go shopping for the Angel tree.  The Angel tree is put out by the Salvation Army.  you go out and buy a toy and clothes for children that do not have much.  This provides them with new clothing a a nice toy for Christmas morning.
  • On Christmas eve and Christmas morning, Psychic Medium Bill Philipps suggests you set a place setting for your loved one.  Set a place at the table for them and leave it open for them to come and sit with you and your family.  Loved ones are always around us, whether we know it or not.  They are in heaven, but they are also around us when we think of them.  I have done this and I feel good doing it.
  • Talk to your loved ones in heaven.   They can hear us, our every thought and words about them.  If you want, you can talk out loud or in your head to them.  They will hear you.  Know they are in a loving place.  Trust this.  Trust God.  They want you to be happy, filled with love, and to follow your dreams.
  • Take out something that belonged to your loved one.  Hold it, feel it, and remember all the good times you had with them.  Remember the love they gave you and all the happy times.  For this is the way they want you to remember them.  Release the grief and move on and bring in joy and happiness.  Know they are always with you.
  • And if you are ready to heal, try receiving a soothing Reiki session.  The Reiki session will help you to feel calm, peace, and relaxed.  The Reiki session will also help your grief come to the surface so you can release it.  Grief held on too long will cause problems in our health.
I hope these suggestions can help you a bit.
May your Christmas/Holidays be filled with love, joy, and happiness.
Peace and Blessings
By Cynthia Bergsbaken RM
of Reiki in the Prairie LLC


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