There's no getting away from it during the holiday season. We are bombarded with messages to be joyful, happy and celebratory. But this is not so for many people dealing with depression, loneliness and grief. Grief is not only prompted by death but includes losses such as a job, a pet, a relationship or community. How do you transcend feelings of despair when everywhere you look you see ads with smiling faces and families rejoicing in warm traditions? Here are seven tips for surviving the holidays if you are dealing with grief, loneliness or sorrow:
Most importantly, be gentle with yourself this holiday season and always.
Affirm the following:
There is a Power and Presence that is all good and all love and it is within me right now. I open my heart to this ever-flowing reservoir of love and anticipate greater peace, love and joy in my experience today. Love fills my heart and heals my soul and I am forever one with God -- my eternal companion.
If you would like prayer support or spiritual counseling, contact me at email@example.com for special holiday packages. In the coming year, I wish you all healing, love, prosperity and deepening of your connection with God. Peace to all!
Dr. Barbara Gulbranson is one of the nation's leading spiritual teachers, author, spiritual coach, ordained minister and director of the Suicide Prevention Center, a program of United Health Services.