Sunday, December 18, 2022

Are You Missing Lost Loved Ones This Christmas?

Are you missing lost loved ones this Christmas? Whether this is your first Christmas without them or your 15th, 30th, or anywhere in between, it can bring many emotions, and most of all, you want more than ever to have them here to celebrate. How I wish I could take your pain away if only I could.
As I journey through grief since the loss of my son, Joe, in 2008 and the loss of my husband, Paul, in 2017, I can offer a few suggestions that have helped along the way:
  • Lighting a candle in their memory and letting it burn throughout the day and evening helps keep their memory alive.
  • Share a favorite memory with others that make you smile if you feel up to it.
  • Is there a food that your loved one especially liked? If so, bring that food to the Christmas gathering and let everyone know this was their favorite.
  • Letting the tears fall is okay; this shows your love for them.
  • Surround yourself with those that will support you and care for you in your grief.
  • Please understand that grief can and will come when you least expect it. Knowing this has helped me tremendously, and my prayer is that it will also help you.
Let us pray together.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus as a humble baby. We also miss our lost loved ones as we celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Please give us the strength to get through and find happiness with those around us. 
In Jesus' name, we pray,

With love,

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