The holiday season is often a time for families and friends to gather around the table to give thanks and celebrate the joy of each other’s company. But how do you give thanks and celebrate joy when there’s an empty chair that would have been filled by a recently deceased loved one?
We don’t often discuss grief during the holidays, but it is certainly the time when the loss of a spouse, parent, child, or friend is especially painful. Holiday grief is also something that’s experienced more often than we might like to think.
On today’s episode of the Great Stories podcast, Charles Morris returns to a conversation he had in 2007 with Dr. Norman Wright. A Christian counselor, Dr. Wright spoke to Charles not long after losing his wife to cancer. With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, we pray this raw conversation will be a balm and a resource for anyone facing their own empty chair this holiday season.
More on Grief During the Holidays
- Instead of feeling excited at the thought of celebrating Christmas or Thanksgiving, do these holidays make you anxious? Or sad? For many, this is not the most wonderful time of the year. Read some reflections on how to seek Christ when Christmas isn’t very merry.
- There is a lot of conflicting advice concerning depression in the Christian community. This podcast episode includes interviews with two Christian counselors who offer practical advice and tangible hope for anyone struggling with depression or anxiety.
- To help anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, or loneliness, we’ve collected some of Haven’s best resources on the topic. View our Resources to Help in Dark Times page here.
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