With the holidays upon us, we often reflect on memories of loved ones lost. Emotions can run from really high to very low and everything in between. Wherever you are on your journey, know your loved ones are near as there is nowhere else they would rather be than with you.
While it is good to have distractions from the sadness, I encourage you to lean into your feelings of grief. Experiencing grief is the way out and only you can take the first steps to lessen your pain.
Even though you may feel alone and you are missing your loved one…
Just know that they are always near. There is nowhere else they would rather be.
Watch for signs they are near. It may be subtle, but your loved ones want to communicate with you.
Be ready to receive
If you are alone or feeling isolated, please reach out for help.
There are professionals who can assist and guide you such as BetterHelp.com
How to Get through the Holidays After A Loss
Do be gentle with yourself and avoid uncomfortable situations (such as family drama)
Do allow time for your feelings and express them your way
Do pay extra attention to children who are grieving and be an example to them; Encourage them to draw, paint, etc to express feelings
Do allow others to help. We all need help at certain times in our lives
Do sleep in; rest your mind, body, and soul
Do hydrate and nourish your body with healthy choices and lots of H2O
Do get out and walk in nature, breathe deeply, expand your lungs
Don’t Do This:
Don’t keep your feelings bottled up. Cry a river if you need to
Don’t do more than you want; Again, avoid drama and uncomfortable situations
Don’t do anything that does not serve your soul and your loss
Don’t overindulge in food, beverages, or medications
Don’t just ask if you can help a friend in grief as they will likely decline. Actually help them. Find ways; invite them to a painting class or just out for coffee or a drive
You deserve to live a full, happy, and healthy life. Please share your comments below on what helps you get through the holidays.
We’ve all endured some challenging times this year so I’ve gathered a few books, events, and some of my favorite things below that will hopefully add brightness to your holiday season.
From all of us at the Painted Rain Ranch Happy Holidays!
What I’m Reading…
We Don’t Die A Skeptics Discovery of Life after Death
by Sandra Champlain
#1 Bestseller on Amazon – Order
You Are Your Best Friend Learning to Hear and Trust Your Own Innate Guidance
by Jo Albertson Order on Amazon
TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE & HELP ANIMALS!
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This year I launched my non-profit Painted Rain Ranch Animal Rescue & Final Refuge. It has beena challenging process, but we are actively providing a final refuge for over 20 companion animals.
We kindly ask you to consider donating as every penny goes to the animals. Our residents live out their natural lives here…
All the residents on Painted Rain Ranch are here because a human let them down in some way. At no fault of their own they ended up sick, injured, abandoned, or homeless.
With your support, we can continue to provide a loving, final refuge for more deserving souls and give our residents the very best of everything. More of my favorite animal charities…
Karen is an award-winning animal communicator and best-selling author who specializes in pet loss and the afterlife. She has documented her journey with her books, 'The Amazing Afterlife of Animals' and 'Hear All Creatures'.
She also offers animal communication coaching programs for all skill levels as well as loving support and guidance for those struggling with the loss of a beloved companion.
Karen is the CEO and founder of Painted Rain Ranch, a non-profit animal sanctuary that serves as a final refuge for elderly, special needs, and abandoned companion animals. Located on a 30-acre farm in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Karen devotes her life to helping animals in need.
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