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~
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