Grieving Through the Holidays

A resource to help care for yourself or someone you know through the holiday season.

The holidays are often the hardest time of year for those who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Many of the season’s messages run counter to their emotions. Memories come bubbling to the surface. Life just doesn’t match up to the phrases they read on Hallmark cards. The decorations, lights, special family meals, shopping, gift-giving, and other family traditions, once so full of anticipation and joy, can feel like empty reminders of loss. Perhaps, hardest of all, there can be an unspoken expectation of happiness from those not grieving. Grief can be lonely, especially around the holidays.

We've created an e-book resource for those grieving and for those who know someone who is grieving. Additional resources are listed below. 


additional resources

Psalm 6, 13, 22, 42, 55, 56, 73, 77, 80, 86, 88, 116, 121, 130, 138, Isaiah 40, and the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50)

Tim Holley’s sermon on hope from December 2016

GriefShare is a 13-week grief-recovery support group. Leaders from The Journey Tower Grove, all of whom have experienced the death of someone close, facilitate these groups twice a year in January and late summer. If you have experienced the death of a loved one, please join us. For more information please contact Christina Collins.