South San Francisco, CA December 25, 2020
Many of us are looking to see 2020 in hindsight – this year has been one of the most challenging years for sure. We have undergone so many losses individually, and collectively, and we wonder what might be in store for us in the coming days, weeks, years. Feelings of grief are a natural part of life as we navigate these uncharted waters, and the heaviness can be overwhelming. Add the short dark days of winter, and the holidays with memories of those who may no longer be with us, this can be a very tough time.
Garden Chapel is there to offer help via their free online grief support and we encourage our neighbors to use these tools to lift ourselves up. Loss of family time, the connections with friends, of religious ceremonies, jobs and income, school time for our kids – and adults, traveling, entertainment….. the loss of touch from those we love who are not with us. It seems the theme of this past year has been dealing with loss and gaining a new appreciation for what we do have.
Each year we share tips on holiday blues but this year it seems to cut much deeper and we understand more people are hurting. We do well to remember that kindness is free and can be offered by all of us to lift each other up. If you are experiencing deep depression – please seek help – you are not alone and you will get through these trying times.
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- Use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat
Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.
For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.