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Holiday Grief

Published: November 24, 2020
by Melanie Johnson, Bereavement Coordinator

As the holiday season approaches, we hear stories of family gatherings, delicious meals, decorating for Christmas and all of the traditions that take place in the next month. What about those who have lost a loved one? How do you as mourner get through holiday grief? By setting your holiday intentions to healing. We use the power of intention every day in our lives, and we intentionally envision what we need to get done to help accomplish this. You must choose to become an “active participant” in your grief. 

You must set your intention to mourn and heal during the holiday; it is an important way to help you move forward in your life’s journey. You must be able to voice your feelings and try to incorporate them into your holiday rituals. We decorate a Christmas tree, light candles, give gifts, sing songs and say prayers. We relish words of in- sights, happy sounds and good smells during the holiday season. These rituals can help you to embrace your loved ones and to help you in your healing process. Worship, praying, and meditation are other ways to tap into the healing power of rituals this holiday season. You can also create new rituals. Be compassionate with yourself; attend to your spirit and your family.

If you feel the need I have many ideas and suggestions that may help you to get through the holiday season. Please feel free to contact me any time, and know you are truly not alone.

-Melanie Johnson, Bereavement Coordinator


Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services has served the families of Battle Creek, Bellevue, Homer, and Marshall, Michigan since 1978, providing highly personalized burial, funeral and cremation services at affordable rates. They offer a wide range of grief resources designed to support families through not only the time of the service, but for the weeks and months after.
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