Holidays are meant to be joyful, but if someone in your life has died the holidays can be especially difficult.
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, believes in providing an avenue for people to grieve like making luminarias in memory of a loved one lost.
Bereavement Director Stacey Johnson, read from her favorite poem, “So long as we live they, too shall live, for they are now a part of us.”
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice hosts the Lights of Love each year during the holidays. Hundreds of luminaria represent a loved one, no longer here, and is a ritual to help people deal with their grief.
“Giving them an opportunity to remember, offers support during a time of loss, as well as making use of ritual,” she said.
The holidays can bring sadness if someone you love has passed away. Shepherd’s Cove says don’t forget to take care of yourself.
“To rest, it’s important to drink lots of water, look at food like medication, it’s when we don’t feel like eating, it’s when we have low energy,” said Johnson.
Learning ways to cope with grief will help make the holidays easier to get through.
“Giving themselves permission to celebrate with old traditions, but maybe bring in some new traditions. Intentionally honor the person who has passed, light a candle at the dinner table, in memory of that person,” Johnson said.
Shepherd’s Cove is helping people get through a difficult holiday season with its upcoming Hope for the Holidays adult grief support group.
“Provide those in our local area who have experienced a significance loss, to come out together to fellowship, to feel like they can relate to someone and feel validated just in the sense of what they’re going through,” Johnson added.
Hope for the Holidays adult grief support group is happening on Dec. 13, at 5:30- 7 p.m. at Jamoka’s in Albertville.
All bereavement services and support at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice are free and open to the public.