This is a podcast FOR bereaved parents BY bereaved parents. Join your host, Jill Sullivan, as she talks with parents who have lost children of all ages to all types of circumstances. This is a podcast of stories … stories of devastating loss and grief and heartbreak and struggle … and stories of hope and healing and faith, and yes, even joy. Underlying every conversation will be the hope we have in Jesus Christ, which makes it possible to not just survive the loss of a child, but to live well while we’re waiting to see them again in Heaven one day.
20. After the loss of a child, the holiday season is incredibly difficult. Family gatherings magnify the absence of the child, holiday traditions that once brought joy are now fraught with pain and loss, tensions may arise among extended family members as everyone's emotions are raw, and Christmas shopping with one less person on the list is unspeakably painful. There is a certain expectation of how we are supposed to feel and behave during the holiday season, and when you've lost a child, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to muster up the emotional stamina to play that role. In today's episode, Jill shares a list of ten things that have been helpful to her family as they've maneuvered the last twelve holiday seasons since her daughter went to Heaven. Maybe you'll find something on the list that will be helpful to you.