We like to think of the holidays as a joyous time where everyone comes together around the fireplace with a cup of coffee or some hot cocoa with marshmallows and a candy cane sticking out of the mug. We think of the holidays as a time where all the kids and grandkids come home and sing songs together and open presents.
Sadly, this isn’t always what happens. The holidays can be really hard for those who have lost a loved one. There are many memories that come with the holiday season. Some of these memories can be quite painful, while others bring a solemn smile.
It is important for us to keep those people in mind this time of year. They might be feeling especially lonely and could use a friend.
One way you can show your love to someone you know that has lost a loved one is to take them out for coffee. There’s something about sitting down with a nice warm cup of coffee with a friend and just talking about life that makes people feel happier and more connected. When one of my best friends lost her dad a few years back, all she wanted was to sit down on the couch with coffee or tea and just talk and cry. It was painful at the time, but we were able to come together over a hot drink. Every time we get together, we like to sit down for coffee and catch up on life. It has become our little tradition.
Another way to show your love to someone who has lost is to get them a thoughtful gift basket. I don’t know about you, but I have received several gifts in my days that are more of something practical, but not personal at all. It’s like they don’t know what I like on a personal level. To show someone who is grieving that you care and are there for them, get them a gift basket that really shows that you know them. Add a few of their favorite things. Maybe they love a certain local coffee shop or restaurant… a gift card is a nice touch. If they seem to be stressed about the holidays and have started to neglect self-care, some bath items like bath bombs or a facial mask is a sweet idea. Throw in a few of their favorite candies or a candle that reminds them of their lost loved one and you have the perfect gift.
If you are someone who has lost this holiday season, you are not alone and we care about you. We know this time of year can be especially difficult, and we want you to hold tightly to those memories and cherish every moment with your friends and family this year.
For help getting through the holidays, please visit Surviving The Holidays.
With love and coffee,
Bully Brew ♥