As you enter the last month of the year, you have already survived one major holiday of the season. I hope that as you focused on the true meaning of Thanksgiving, you were able to give thanks for something good in your life. But don’t stop now; for the Christmas holiday is upon us! Just as I encouraged you to look at the true meaning of Thanksgiving, I urge you to do something similar at Christmas. The author of this poem states her feelings beautifully!
It can’t possibly be Christmas without her being here.
Yet the world is singing round me, joyful tidings and good cheer.
Though I try to put on armor and brave the sights and sounds,
a few moments worth of shopping, and the tears are spilling down.
I pray for strength to do it, find a path through holidays,
look for shortcuts, good ideas, and some directions through the maze.
Then I find the answer: I’ll include her symbolically.
And the giving becomes perfect; her love’s flowing down, through me.
Genesse Bourdeau Gentry
Sometimes it only takes a new perspective to help us get through the toughest times. I pray you will allow your loved one to shine through you in some way this holiday season. Normally, we would meet to remember our loved ones together at this holiday season, but due to the rise in COVID cases, I have to report the cancellation of the Holiday Memorial Service on December 2nd. But I encourage you to light a candle in their honor/memory and share a good story with those around you.
After much conversation…We are also cancelling all outside grief groups for the month of December. We will revisit the situation in January. I am sorry for any inconvenience. I truly hate it, but know it’s the right decision.
December 2…Memorial Service CANCELLED
December 8…Lunch Bunch CANCELLED
December 9…Lunch Bunch CANCELLED
December 23…Breakfast Support Group CANCELLED
I am available by phone or appointment. For more information on above events, call 740-732-7440.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a Happier New Year!
Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW