by Chris Christopherson
Arlyne and Chris Christopherson
While Corrie Ten Boom was living in a German concentration camp, her entire body became infested with lice, making a bad situation worse. She was complaining about it one day, and her sister reminded her of the Bible verse that says “In everything give thanks,” and she challenged Corrie to give thanks for the lice. Corrie’s response was “How can I give thanks to God for lice?” But she made a choice to offer thanks for the lice anyway. Later, she found out that the lice had actually protected her from the assaults of the German soldiers. Read more
by Judy Brizendine
Holidays, which we usually greet with happiness and excitement, carry the potential to create misery and anxiety in the heart of anyone who is grieving. Occasions we normally welcome turn into times that we dread. Whether we feel guilty about participating in any kind of celebration, or we’re so heartbroken that our sorrow overtakes everything else, the holidays sometimes feel like more than we can handle. Here are a few ideas to ease holiday anxiety during grief:
1. Make simple plans before the last minute. Whatever you do, don’t let your holiday plans just fall wherever they may. You probably aren’t eager to make any kind of plans—but think of something simple you’d enjoy doing. Grief has changed everything this year, and maybe it will be easier for you if you move away from your traditional plans and try something new. Celebrating in your usual way, but without your loved one, may be too much to handle. Consider a change. But don’t put off making some kind of plans. Read more
by Elle Fagan
Grieving? Almost all forms of winter holidays share a message of Life and Light in the midst of dormancy and dark. Focus on that message. That’s YOU this year. And yet, you can find the glow, anyway, almost as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Confront and win – with yourself Think about and understand your own status: where are you on the path to healing? What might work this year to make a holiday? If you are medicated, do not mix with holiday alcohol. Non-alcoholic is just as tasty and safer. Search, online and off, and ask your doctor for his advice.Like a Santa’s bag for health and happiness; knowledge is power. I learned from my own grief recovery, and later counseling, it comes down to the simple message: “Hang in, it gets better – It DOES get better.” Do a few things to help it get better. Know that this year, the very things that use to delight may be acutely painful, without some attention. Read more
by Nancy Gershman
For eight nights in a row this year, Jews will light up for Hanukkah*. Not just literally with the traditional tool kit of 9-branched menorah, candles and lighter – but metaphorically speaking. We will light up our hearts to make room for love, for joy, and for gratitude in the best of all possible worlds: a pitch black space.
*Known as the Festival of Lights, (or facetiously as Christmas without Christ, Santa or tree) Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days to “publicize” the miracle of the one-day supply of oil that miraculously lasted eight days during this revolt. Read more
The holiday season for many of us is not always a happy and joyful time as the television and radio commercials would want us to believe.
Annell joins us again with helpful information about coping with stress and addition during the holidays.
by Elle Fagan
All over the world, celebrations fill our hearts with delight in life, with new lights and powers for the times ahead as we commemorate times past. All of it is endangered when we are grieving. But the holidays can be a fine opportunity to heal and create happy beginnings to the new paths in the life ahead.
My husband passed suddenly and too young in late summer, and the family times, formerly so rich with love and laughter, were now painful. Son, Peter, was thirteen and his Sister, Amy, was eleven. Read more
Fall is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of Mother Nature. Crunching leaves underfoot, breathtaking sunsets, and bright full moons. Soon it will be time for us to put on warm clothes and snuggle.