Parish Nurse News
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
The second class called “Compassion Bridge” is well underway here at David’s Star and it has been a blessing for those who are participating. We meet to support one another in the grief of losing a loved one. This group is not limited to those who have experienced a loss but also those who wish to learn how to be a comfort to others. Our purpose is to understand grief and support each other in one of the most intense trials of this earthly life, all within the context of our faith in a loving God. We open each class with a devotion by Pastor and close with prayer.
Holiday Help for Those Who Grieve
I would like to encourage you to seek out and comfort a fellow sister or brother in Christ who is mourning a loss, especially over the holidays. A smile and “It’s good to see you and how are you doing?” would go a long way and might even open the door to more conversation. Did you know that research has shown that the 3 month anniversary of a loss can be particularly difficult? Another critical time is around the first anniversary of the loss of a loved one! For many, the holidays are the toughest! Feel free to call me with any questions or to just visit for a while!
Giving some thought to joining the next class in 2018? Let us know of your interest. We can let you know when a date has been set.
Your sister in Christ,
Sue Bolha RN, David’s Star Parish Nurse
- Plan ahead. Consider the traditions you wish to continue and those you prefer to avoid.
- Take care of yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally – proper nourishment and rest are essential.
- It’s OK to feel sad. Give yourself permission to feel blue!
- It’s OK to feel good. Laughing and having fun in no way shows disrespect to the memory of your loved one.
- Keep in mind that the anticipation of the holidays is often worse than the reality.