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Managing Grief Through The Holidays

Dec 3, 2020 | General

Image Credits: The Good Grief Trust

Managing Grief Through The Holidays

The Christmas or holiday season will soon be with us.

It’s a time for family and friends, but I know that a lot of us here at DGHE will be experiencing our first Christmas holiday season without a loved one, friend, or colleague because they have passed away.  

I have only been at DGHE for a short while, but I know that ‘Loss’ has been a big theme for all of us here this year. It’s not just the people we’ve lost and have not been able to bury and grieve for in the usual way according to our beliefs and cultures. It’s all the other things we have lost too – our freedom to go where we want when we want, our lifestyles, incomes, jobs, homes, schooling, our ability to just hold and hug each other in hard times. We experience grief in all its stages for all these things. I just wanted us to take a moment to acknowledge these losses.

This week is National Grief Awareness Week. Distance shouldn’t mean we can’t share our grief.

If you have experienced bereavement, you may find support via the ‘GoodGrief Trust’, a charity run by the bereaved for the bereaved.

I will leave you with a simple poem, which I hope will lift your hearts and souls whenever you think of your lost ones. This simple Native American verse comforts and reminds us that a person’s spirit can never die. If we hold them in our hearts, they can remain with us each and every day.

I give you this one thought to keep.
I am with you still. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone.
I am with you still in each new dawn.

Thank you,

Ms. Fiona Nouri,

Head of Student Experience & Wellbeing