The day that is approaching, that we identify as the beginning of a new year, is one that is normally filled with planning and excitement. Not necessarily are both of these experienced together at the same time and in the same place. We know people who will plan new year’s resolution(s) only to break them before the first month is completed. We typically get excited with New Year’s Eve and look forward to celebrating with others the birth of the new year. There are many in the shadows of the majority who are not looking forward to this merriment and who do not see or feel any reason to celebrate. Their existence is forgotten by the majority. Many words have been written with wisdom in order to guide others who are suffering through supposed stages. I do not allege to possess any wisdom above any other, but seek to console others in their journey through a power and wisdom higher than my human wisdom can impart. I humbly offer some suggestions that will help when applied.
For many, getting through the holiday season takes endurance. Endurance is defined as a ‘cheerful or hopeful constancy, or patient enduring’ (Strongs Concordance). In order to effectively endure suffering we must possess adequate resources to cope with our storms of life. One of those resources is the support one receives from family, friends and others who are willing to walk with them in their journey as long as they feel they need them. A second resource is meditation on Holy Scripture. There is an abundance of scripture that exists to comfort and console the mourner. These resources give the mourner peace of mind, that though their life has not turned out the way they chose, they accept what has happened with grace and endurance. This is Sunrise Aftercare, firstname.lastname@example.org.