Grace-full Grief

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Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Denise Allen

As a child, I always looked forward to Christmas. We used to celebrate it on Christmas Day. We’d run down the stairs, see all the presents under the tree, and we’d thank Mama and Daddy for gifts. I don’t recall Mama and Daddy ever giving any acknowledgement to Santa Claus for the presents. Then one Christmas Eve, we all went to sleep. At midnight, the door to our room burst open and Daddy screamed, “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” Of course, we were all disoriented having just gone to the bed maybe three or four hour earlier. From that day on, we celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. Although now, it’s in the evening around eight or so. My sisters and I compete to give my nephew the best gift. We sing, talk, and have a great time.

I have very pleasant memories of the holiday. As a child, the best part about Christmas was waiting for it. The anticipation, the mystery, added to the delicious feeling.

Others wait for Christmas with dread. If anything, they want the holiday to come and go as quickly as possible. The season holds memories of loved ones who are no longer there. The bright lights, the songs, the music which some may enjoy only adds salt to an open wound. How can they survive ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ with a gaping hole in their heart?

To help us unpack this topic, we will be talking with Laurie Alice Eakes. Feel free to call and ask questions of our guests. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5795131. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us.

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