How can someone celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other special occasion like birthdays or anniversaries while grieving the death of a spouse, a parent, a child, a close friend? How can we act normal when we feel drowning in sorrow?
The Merriam-webster dictionary defines grief as “an intense mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.” Agony, anguish, heartache, heartbreak, despair are just a few words that can convey the wide range of emotions anyone can feel while grieving. According to psychologytoday.com, “grief” is the acute pain that accompanies loss.
The unimaginable grief and pain experienced after losing a loved one can seem devastating at any time during anyone’s life. Still, the burden and pressure of pain can escalate when one has to live through this challenging experience during the holidays season.