Learn some ways to navigate the holidays if you find yourself short of joy and overwhelmed with darkness this year.
The holidays are not always joyful, particularly when we are dealing with grief or loss. Watching others celebrate can be painful if we are feeling lost and alone in our suffering. Here are some suggestions for coping with dark times and finding the way to joy.
This episode includes:
Why times of darkness are essential for life and growth
How major holidays near the winter solstice include light as part of the celebration
Why we need to embrace the darkness rather than resist it
How to bring in the light
How to redefine joy as joie de vivre (the joy of being alive)
Discovering that joy is already within you
Why stillness is essential to cultivate joy
Overcoming the obstacles to joy
The importance of giving to others even when you are going through difficult times
Dark times provide an incubator for the soul to grow in creativity, love and joy.
Learn how The Dinner Party movement helps millennials cope with grief and some tips for managing grief during the holidays.
In this episode I share an interview with Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers, co-founders of The Dinner Party, a movement that is helping grieving millennials find community. I also talk about some of their tips for grief over the holidays.
Check out my new blog series on Grief Travel and learn some tips for planning travel to help with grief. Go to eoluniversityblog.com to find the series and start planning your own grief travel experience.
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My guests Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers are the co-founders of The Dinner Party, a movement to create community and meaningful conversation around the isolating experience of grief for those in their 20’s and 30’s. Younger adults often feel out of place in traditional grief support groups and Carla and Lennon will share how their own personal losses led them to start The Dinner Party, which has now grown across the U.S. and beyond.
In this interview you will learn:
The inspiration behind The Dinner Party
Why The Dinner Party reaches out to millennials
How participants benefit from attending
How to become a host for a Dinner Party
How Carla and Lennon are working to create supportive workplaces for the bereaved
What resources are available on The Dinner Party website for grief in the workplace and grief at holiday times
Wishing you and your loved ones much love, joy and light during this holiday season, no matter how you choose to celebrate. I’ll be enjoying Christmas with my family next week but there will still be a podcast episode so be sure to tune in.
In this episode Dr. Wyatt shares some ideas for helping others during this holiday season. The best antidote to despair is to care for someone else!
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Here are some suggestions for reaching out to others in need during the holidays:
Visit a patient in a nursing home or long-term care facility
Bring music to a nursing facility with a choir or band
Visit an elderly neighbor in their home
Take a meal to a shut-in
Help elderly patients address holiday cards
Put up holiday decorations for a frail or ill person
Care for a pet for a hospice patient
Shovel snow for an elderly neighbor
Prepare a meal for a grieving family
Read holiday stories to patients at a nursing home
Help a hospice patient find gifts to give to loved ones
Provide childcare for a family dealing with grief or illness
No matter how you spend the upcoming holidays (Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza), or with whom you celebrate, may you have an abundance of light and joy and love in your life. Many blessings to you and those you love!