Christmas is a busy and joyous season, but can also be a lonely, confusing, and sad time of the year for some people. Grief, heartache, or mental illness can sneak up on us at the holidays when we think we “should” be cheerful. Our Stephen Leaders have provided these resources- both events available in our community and printed resources you can consult at any time.
Beating the Holiday Blues at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, led by a speaker from the Affiliated Sante Group. This program will be offered at our Senior Ministry Potluck, but all are welcome to come for the informational speaker. Tuesday, Nov. 19th, at 12:30pm in Shepherd's Hall. For more information, contact Carole Butler at email@example.com
Family Nights provided by CaringMatters – (https://www.caringmatters.org/family-nights ). Offered free of charge, several times each year before major holidays to help families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Families share a meal with other families and participate in art activities and conversations to help them plan for the holiday, while honoring the absence of their loved one.
Winter Blues – provided by Montgomery Hospice. Register to attend – limited availability; call 301-921-4400 and speak to someone in Bereavement. Free to the Mont/PG County residents and employees. December 9th 1 -2:30 pm. 1355 Piccard Dr. Rockville.
A book that was recommended by Bunny at Montgomery Hospice, a former Stephen Minister with another congregation: The Empty Chair by Thomas Dotson. The Empty Chair is my heartfelt story of learning to heal and trust the process of grief through the love of Christ.
Articles provided from Montgomery Hospice: www.montgomeryhospice.org/grief-loss/coping-grief/articles-about-grief There are several articles related to the holidays provided in English and Spanish.