COVID has amplified grief. Many bereaved people have felt isolated and alone as they processed their losses during 2020 and 2021. Compounding the grief, last year’s holidays were especially difficult due to social isolation. This year, as families and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, the loss of a loved one during the pandemic will carry the added weight of the reminder of their extended grief.

Even before the pandemic, people who are grieving have identified special days like birthdays and anniversaries are some of the hardest days to get through. Almost as difficult are the holidays. As the holiday approach, the GriefShare team at Trinity are hosting a “Surviving the Holidays” GriefShare event to help people who are grieving. Our team wants to help equip you to navigate the difficult conversations and the waves of grief that are often experienced during holiday gatherings with family and friends. It will include videos with helpful advice from grief counselors and those who have found ways to cope with their grief during the holidays.

If you or a loved one have last someone in the last year or two, and are wondering how to prepare for the holidays this year, you are invited to join us on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Trinity.  Bring a family member or a friend.

You can register through our website, or you can call me and I will help you register. If you have any questions or if there is anything else we can do to support you, please contact by email at cwright@trinityutica.com or call me at 586.731.4490 ext. 102.

See you next time, here at the corner of faith and mental health.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Chad Wright