It takes a lot to muster up the ability to "pretend to be happy" when you're greiving. Holiday dinners, parties and celebrations can be painful. And while you don't want to be the only person not participating, you also need to be engaged. What do you do?
The holidays are not fun and festive for someone who's greiving and greiving is not an emotion you can turn off before going thru it. Greiving people need time and understanging and to be included.
If you know someone who is greiving this holiday season, allow them to cry and greive.
“Tears do not reflect a lack of faith. Tears are a gift from God that help to wash away the deep pain of loss.”
Be understanding, not excluding. Include them in your events but let them know that you understand if they decide not to attend or only attend for a short time.
Consider these to be understanding and supportive.