Office of Christian Care and Counseling

November: Finding Hope and Healing: Navigating Grief During the Holiday

Written By: Ms. Angela Liggans, ASBC Missions Program Coordinator

The holiday season is often a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, it can be a time of deep emotional turmoil and grief. As someone who has lost a loved one during the holidays, I understand the pain that is experienced during this difficult time. I want to offer my support and guidance to help you find solace and healing during this challenging period.

Understanding the Emotional Experiences

Grief during the holidays can be particularly intense. Memories of past celebrations with your loved one may flood your mind, and the absence of their presence can leave an undeniable void in your heart, body, and soul. It’s essential to recognize and accept that it’s okay to grieve, as this is a natural part of the healing process.

Overcoming Grief: A Journey of Faith

One of the foundations of healing is reigniting your faith in God. Scripture, prayer, and meditation can be powerful tools to find strength and comfort during this time. Turning to the Bible can offer profound wisdom and solace. In Psalm 34:18, we find the promise that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Embracing this truth can bring immense comfort, knowing that God is with you in your pain and will see you through your pain.

Mental Wellness Tools and Tips

To navigate grief during the holidays, it’s crucial to prioritize your mental wellness. Self-care practices can be transformative. Engage in activities that bring you joy and peace, whether it’s a quiet moment of reflection, a walk in nature, or spending time with supportive friends and family. Self-love is a vital part of healing, and remember, you are resilient. You have the inner strength to persevere through all things.

Support and Encouragement

Seeking support from a trusted community or counselor is an essential step in your healing journey. You don’t have to go through this alone. Remember, you will persevere through all things, and there is hope even in the darkest moments.

External and National Resources

In addition to your faith and community, there are external resources available to support you during this challenging time. Organizations like GriefShare, the Compassionate Friends, and the National Alliance for Grieving Children offer a range of resources, from support groups to online tools and articles.

Honoring Your Loved One’s Legacy

Your loved one’s memory lives on in your heart, and as you move forward in your purpose, you are building a lasting legacy that honors their memory. They would want to see you find joy and peace in your life, even during the holiday season. Let this season be a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal.

Brighter Days Ahead

Remember, while death is inevitable, healing is possible. While you may always carry the memory of your loved one, you can find a way to celebrate the holidays with a heart filled with love and hope. Remain hopeful, for brighter days are ahead. Your faith, self-love, and the support of your community will guide you to a place of healing and hope.

In closing, please know that you are not alone in your journey from grief to purpose. We are here to support you, and God empowers us to empower you. The holidays may be challenging, but with faith, self-love, and the support of your community, you can find a path to healing and hope. You have the inner strength to overcome grief, and brighter days await you.

Helpful National Resources:

National Domestic Abuse Hotline

CALL: 1 800 799-7233
TTY: 1 800 787-3224
TEXT “START” to 88788

Break The Cycle
Supports young people 18-24

National Center for Health Research

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