Christmas Eve is a big deal in my house. (Not this year, obviously.) But typically, my big family with hundreds of cousins and even more cousins’ cousins crowd into my front hall for a visit from Santa and some hearty caroling.
There are no words for what you’re going through. This sucks. We get it and we’re so sorry you’re a part of the club no one wants to join. Whether you’re new to the club or a long-time member, one thing’s for sure: life will never be the same.
This year, it seems the ways in which we do anything and everything have changed. We’ve adapted to distanced-learning and working from home. We meet up for virtual Happy Hour, Zoom into weddings, and send recorded birthday wishes to our friends and family. But what about when it’s not such a happy occasion? What happens when we experience loss and need the comfort of our community?
When your friend or family member is grieving the loss of someone close to them, it’s time to show up. You know in your gut that you have to say something, but no matter how you craft your words, you stress that they’ll be misinterpreted or come off generic and overplayed. While this feels completely paralyzing, it doesn’t have to be.