“A wonderful thing about the holidays is that they encourage us to remember those we love. Even though it may hurt to remember, don’t forget that remembering the past makes hoping for the future possible.” – Alan Wolfelt

The holiday season is often hailed as a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. Families and friends come together to share laughter, meals, and cherished traditions. However, for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an especially challenging time marked by grief and sadness. The contrast between the festive atmosphere and the void left by the absence of a loved one can be incredibly painful, making it essential to acknowledge and address the complexities of grief during this season.

The holidays can trigger a range of emotions for those grieving. On one hand, there may be a desire to honor and remember the person who is no longer with us, leading to special rituals or traditions to keep their memory alive. On the other hand, the constant reminders of the past can intensify the sense of loss, resulting in feelings of loneliness and sadness. Grief during the holidays is a unique journey for each person, and it’s important for individuals and their support systems to be understanding and flexible.

During this time, it’s crucial for those grieving to prioritize self-care, seek support from friends or professional help when needed, and find meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the memory of their loved ones. Many people find solace in volunteering, creating memorial tributes, or simply spending time with those who understand and respect their feelings.

By acknowledging and addressing grief during the holiday season, we can create a space where those who are mourning can find comfort, connection, and a sense of belonging during a time that is often defined by joy and togetherness.


Greg Dill, Spiritual Counselor