Helping Those who are Grieving

16 Dec

The Christmas season, for most, evokes a feeling of nostalgia, warmth, and joy but for others it can be a time of great sadness.  Whether an extended illness, a family break up, or the death of a loved one, the holidays can be tough to get through.  Friends and family are quick to gather together to show love and support in the midst of the trial, but with time, we all resume our regular lives and fall back into our normal routines.

Let’s be honest, it is extremely awkward to bring up someone’s grief.  The truth is, is that the grief is there it just isn’t as visible as it once was and that is what makes it so uncomfortable to acknowledge.  Here are a few ways to help our friends and family through the hard times.  You just might find yourself being blessed in the process!

Find practical ways to be there for them such as bringing a meal or house cleaning.  Even in grief people sometimes have a hard time asking for help.  Ask, “What day next week is best for me to drop off a meal?” that allows you to help without having to be asked.  A hot meal, a clean home, and a good night’s rest is great medicine for the soul.

Send a card or note in the mail letting them know that you are thinking of them especially  during the holidays, anniversaries, or any other personal milestone.  It will make them feel good knowing someone remembers and that those days are still special and important.

Most importantly pray for them and let them know that you did.  We were never meant to carry our burdens alone-Galatians 6:2 tells us to, “Carry each another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

How do you bless those who are grieving? I would love to hear from you.

I pray this Christmas season has you in awe of the baby in the humble manger who came to give everlasting life.

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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6 Responses to “Helping Those who are Grieving”

  1. The Vintage Couple December 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Hey Rebecca! Jayson and I know a woman who recently lost her mother. We send her a encouragement card almost every month. Sometimes a encouragement card is better than a card expressing sympathy. A card can make a bad day full of mourning turn into a day of joy. We love giving cards of encouragement! Thanks for reminding me, I need to purchase more cards!

  2. pcobb0 December 17, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    This is so true. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of having the perfect holiday whether it’s Christmas or any other one for that matter and as a result we can be very insensitive. This post is a great reminder. Thanks for writing it.

  3. godscharacter December 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    This post is very true and hits close to home as my aunt passed a few weeks back. Before this, I honestly never really took note of it until I was staring me right in my face….

    I also wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine Award http://godscharacter.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/sunshine-award/

    • Rebecca January 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

      I am truly very sorry about the loss of your aunt. I pray that our heavenly Father bring healing to all who are grieving. I truly appreciate you taking the time to share with me.
      I am so humbled by your nomination, it has really blessed my day. I pray you find many reasons to be joyful in the New Year!! ~Blessings to you, my friend~

  4. Hunt FOR Truth December 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    excellent

    Happy Holiday Season
    ~ Eric

    • Rebecca January 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! God be all the glory! ~Blessings~

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