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

Holidays Relationships
a month ago
Love & Loss During the Holidays: How Friends & Family Can 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.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community. 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 All 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

Family Valentine's Day Tradition That Makes Lasting Memories!

CHITAG Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Toy & Game Picks From the 2019 Chicago Toy & Game Fair!

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

Christmas Gratitude: How to Fuel Up Delivery Drivers & Spread Kindness This Holiday Season

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