Coping with Christmas blues

Although few seem to mention it, not everyone experiences Christmas joy during the holiday season.

A story in The Compass, diocesan newspaper in Green Bay, Wis., highlights how the Christmas season can be a difficult time for those who have recently, or even not so recently, experienced the death of someone close to them. 

During a seminar on coping with grief during Christmas a Catholic cemetery administrator noted that the holidays are “filled with reminders of loved ones gone before us.” He stressed the importance of taking time to grieve. 

“Do not attempt to block or ignore it, as this is not healthy for you or others around you who are suffering as well,” he said.

3 Responses

  1. It is important to remember this..thanks for posting..

  2. There are many who suffer because everyone say be
    happy it’s the time to be really happy. Yes people
    suffer and it may be in December or July but we must
    “offer it up” no matter when. Merry Christmas!

  3. There are many who suffer loneliness for many reasons – they may be alone after a marriage breakdown, they may be victims of misunderstanding and have been harshly judged and they may have lost loved ones, or may just be alone because of various circumstances in life. It is trite to just say ‘cheer up’ and trivializes their situation. It is important to respect grief for through such understanding, those who grieve can move again to begin to feel some human fellowship and joy again.

    Spiritual empathy goes a long way and is very healing.

    May the angels and the little holy infant touch each lonely soul with genuine peace, understanding and friendly love.

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