I bought a new Christmas ornament this week. If you’ve been following my recent posts, especially the last one, you probably know why.
A bell … with soft, cheerful colors … perfectly reflects the personality that was my mother-in-law.
Does the hidden interior surprise you?
The ornament was added … in memory of our loved one … to one of the many Christmas wreaths lining the hallways of the hospice facility where we spent the past ten days. For many families … yours? … grief is simply a part of this holiday season.
The wonderful chaplains here at the Hospice of East Texas offer suggestions for getting through the holidays. Perhaps you … or someone you know … can benefit from them.
- Plan ahead
- Set your own holiday tone
- Decide what kind of celebration is best for you
- Set realistic limits for yourself
- Clearly communicate your needs to others
- Feel free to express your emotions; cry whenever you need to
- Allow others to grieve differently than you
- Learn as much as you can about the grief process
Sarah Frances Nowell
July 22, 1920 – December 7, 2012
Have you ever experienced a family death during the holidays?
What helped you get through the festive season?