Thanksgiving is this week. Whether you celebrate the Holiday or not (there’s good reason to protest the inception of the Holiday) understand that the holidays are tough for some.
Thanksgivings are not always happy. Some people have lost loved ones and this is the first holiday or Thanksgiving without their loved one. Be mindful of your friends who have experienced loss this year and check on them. Below is a list of some ways you can support your friends and family during this difficult time.
- Check on your friend who have experienced loss. When you have experienced loss, holiday traditions can be wrought with emotions of grief and remind one of everything that’s changed and everything that’s been lost. Give them a call or send a text message.
- Schedule some time for you all to hang out. Ahead of time, schedule time to hang out with your friend. I recommend doing something totally unrelated to the holiday. Grab a drink; go to a party; go to the movies. People assume everyone is busy doing family things around the holidays. Struggling friends may not volunteer to come over or ask for company. Set up some time in advance.
- Invite them over. If you didn’t think to schedule some time, invite your friend over. Your friend may not be up to it, but invite them to hang out with you and your family. They may turn you down, but they won’t forget your act of kindness.
Remember, everyone’s not celebrating for a variety of reasons. The holiday season can be incredibly lonely for those grieving. Check on your tribe!