December will be tender for those who are facing this without their loved one. No matter how hard they try to focus on the positive, the reality of not having the one they deeply loved by their side is almost more than they can handle. Depending on where they are in the grief process, some will be in shock and denial seeming to be handling the holidays beautifully. Others may be angry and cold appearing to have become anti-Christmas.
Tell them you are sorry for the pain. Tell them sweet memories of their loved one, and ask them to share memories with their loved one. This conversation will most likely bring tears, but will be a sweet gift. Take time to care knowing their journey through the grief process takes time.
“Love those who are hurting not because they’ve done anything for us, but because of what Jesus has already done for us. You will get strength to help the hurting only when you understand what God has done for you in the gospel.” Dave Furman
The Lord may want to use you to offer hope by coming alongside of them in tangible ways:
Invite them to go with you or provide tickets to something to look forward to:
- Christmas event or play
- Take them out to lunch
- Extend an invitation to include them in a family outing or activity
- Pamper her with a manicure or day at the salon
Perspective Ministries has partnered together with 180 Your Life in their Gift Cards Giving Hope project!
Click here to learn more. If you would like to give hope through a gift card for a widow and her family, please mail to Perspective Ministries P.O. Box 286 Woodstock, GA 30188. If you would like to volunteer to deliver gift cards, please email [email protected]
Gift card suggestions:
- Gas and food always needed
- Dining Out
- Pampering (manicure) is always thoughtful