Love & Loss During the Holidays: How to Make Memories While Showing Compassion for Those Who are Hurting by Reene McGreevy

Mindfulness
18 days ago
Love & Loss During the Holidays: How to Make Memories While Showing Compassion for Those Who are Hurting

Many people look forward to the holidays every year. For those of us who are missing loved ones that are no longer with us, it can be hard to hear about everyone else’s plans when you’re hurting. I lost both of my parents far too young and I definitely struggle. However, my advice isn’t for those struggling. My advice is for those who are lucky enough to still have their loved ones to celebrate with. 

If you have friends or family who are struggling, here are some tips that have helped me:

  • Please don’t feel sorry for us. It only makes us feel worse, even when your heart is in the right place. We appreciate your concern, but it doesn’t make us feel good.
  • Don’t feel guilty for having what and who you have! We aren’t jealous. We are envious, yes, but there is a difference. Deep down we are happy for you because we love you!
  • Most importantly, do not take one second for granted. If you still are lucky enough to have your parents, grandparents or whoever else was important in your life growing up, do not take one second for granted. When they are gone, they are gone.

So, make memories and enjoy every second while also keeping those of us that might be hurting in your hearts. It’s all we really want.

The content on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information on this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider. The opinions or views expressed on 30Seconds.com do not necessarily represent those of 30Seconds or any of its employees, corporate partners or affiliates.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get inspiration in your newsfeed daily. Inspire and be inspired.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Grief During the Holidays: 5 Ways Families Can Make the Season Easier

Gratitude at Thanksgiving & Beyond: How to ​Use Mindfulness to Practice Year-Round Gratitude

The Holidays After Losing Loved Ones: My First Christmas Without Dad & Spencer

Experience Camp Helps Grieving Kids: 5 Things to Know About Kids Who've Experienced the Death of a Loved One

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
What a beautiful message, @reene. It really resonated with me. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
"Make memories and enjoy every second while also keeping those of us that might be hurting in your hearts." So beautifully said, Reene McGreevy . Loss is so very difficult, especially around the holidays. Many thanks for these wonderful words to help. Sending positive energy your way! xo
Isa
Love it!! I really need this tips haha

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Mindful Morning Routines: 3 Steps to Practice for Success & Well-Being

Being Grateful Can Make Us Happier: 3 ​Steps to Take Gratitude With You Year-Round

Stress Awareness Day: 6 Easy Ways to Help Increase Mindfulness & Reduce Stress

Jigsaw Puzzles Are Back: 5 Healthy Benefits of Doing Puzzles As a Family

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!