Holidays Can Be Bittersweet

By: Betty Dangler
Sunday, December 22, 2019

For the families in the communities we serve, the Dangler Family and Staff would like to wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays. These words can sometimes be difficult when your heart has experienced grief. Everyone around you is rushing around with shopping. The songs of the season are playing everywhere. Decorations are all around.

Family and friends are going to holiday parties.You once felt this same anxiety, joy and yes, even stress. Now the time is different because you have lost a loved one. It is okay to feel sad. Grievers have the right to feel sad, depressed or anxious.

It is also okay to give yourself permission to feel good, laugh, and even have some fun. You may even enjoy sharing stories about your loved ones and the holidays. If you are comfortable, you can talk about some holiday traditions that you shared together.

It can also be a time for making new holiday traditions or doing things a little different. You may want to discuss ideas with other family members. Try and be flexible so that the time can be meaningful for all family and friends that are involved.

No matter how many years pass, the holiday can be bittersweet, bringing both joy and sadness when you have lost a loved one. May this season bring thoughts of a beautiful memory and with it a few moments of joy and peace.

The Dangler Family and Staff want you to know that you are not alone this holiday season. We are here to support you in remembering your loved ones.

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Remembering Our Moms

Mother’s Day is a special day to remember our moms, living and deceased, and even those who have been like moms to us - aunts, grandmas, great-grandmas, and friends. It is a time to cherish all the...

Four Candles

A friend of mine sent me this beautiful video and I would like to share it with you. It contains such a special message. I hope you are touched by it as I was.         &n...

Patience, Perseverance and Prayer

I was in the midst of preparing my blog for March entitled, “Is there a Cure for Loneliness?”. Without much warning, we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic and are either forced to isolate ou...

Toast our Valentines

Toast our Valentines How does one heal a broken heart? Those of us who have lost our spouses, our partners, know the pain of losing the “love of our life”. It is a pain that, I know from experienc...

What are Your Resolutions for 2020?

What are Your Resolutions for 2020? It is that time of year when each of us takes the time to make resolutions for the New Year. It might be losing weight, exercising more, taking a class, getting...

Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time when we can pause and reflect about all the people and things in our life that mean so much to us. When we express gratitude, there is a certain joy that we experience. We ar...

Pet Loss

The loss of a pet is very much a grieving experience. The emotional bonds formed with a pet often exceed the bonds formed with other people in a person's life. Many people never think of them as pe...

Spreading Kindness

~~This past week I was reading an article by Chip Gaines of HGTV fame. After the last couple of tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, Chip and his wife, Joanna, gave their audience a challenge to “sprea...

What is Your Legacy?

Every day I receive an inspirational quote in my email. Some are better than others and today I received one that had a lot of meaning for me.  It read: “The things you do for yourself are gon...

Remembering our Dads

 During the month of June, we take time to remember our dads, to reflect on their lives and to honor them.  As you look back on your life, is there something that you learned from your da...