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Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2011 by judytalks

It’s Thanksgiving, the day to gather with family, friends, or quietly be alone to remember the good things in life. It’s hard to give thanks when there’s loss all around us, but the support of friends and the comfort of simplicity is something to celebrate.

Have a wonderful day.

Judy

Joyful Anticipation

November 16th, 2011 by judytalks

The Holiday Season is truly upon us. Talk of plans are everywhere, concerts, decorating, baking, and seeing friends and family. But all is not cheery for those who are in mourning.

A loss is difficult to bear for a very long time. When special days (birthdays, anniversaries) come along, or the Holiday rush is in full swing, grieving people have an especially difficult time celebrating.

Being sad when all around you are filled with joy makes life difficult, for both the griever and their close friends. What to say? What to do? How to help ease the pain?

I wrote an article a couple years ago that still gets clicks this time of year. Please check it out for yourself or someone you know who is missing a loved one. The link is: http://article-niche.com/launch/Holiday-Grievers-Gifts-For-A-Friend.htm. It’s on article-niche and titled Holiday Grievers Gifts For A Friend.

Celebrating the holidays is a good time to connect with friends and family and begin to heal. The anticipation of painful memories can be managed, and the joy of the season can lift you up. Start your planning now and have a wonderful holiday season.

Judy

The Season of Giving

December 9th, 2010 by judytalks

Holidays are a time to celebrate, to spread good cheer, prepare special dishes, and give gifts to those we love.
For the past week, I’ve been decorating the house, putting up the tree, and taking my holiday treasures out of their boxes. I have decorative things I made, that were given me, or some I simply bought because it appealed to me. Most of my things, though, are hand made. They get a little the worse for wear after many years, so they are wrapped in tissue or towels from holiday to holiday.
But no matter what general condition an item may be in, the real value lies in the memories it evokes. Where did it come from, how long ago, and what people and occasions are brought to mind?
Some things have sad memories attached to them, things received in a year of stress or the death of a loved one. There may be mourning during the holidays, no matter how festive your home or how special the holiday you’re celebrating.
For people newly bereaved, spreading joy may seem impossible. Let others do the honors, while you lovingly share poignant memories of happy times and past celebrations with your loved one. This may serve as a reminder to others, to cherish the time we have together and keep those treasures safe from too much wear and tear.

Happy Holidays,
Judy

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