Through the work of Holley Gerth as a writer and counsellor, as well as her personal experiences with grief, she has learned that the holiday season is hard for many people. Make a difference by showing you CARE.
Connect – When someone is hurting, we often don’t know what to say or do. But even simply expressing, “I don’t know what to say but I’m sorry and I care about you”, in person or in writing can bring a lot of comfort.
Accept – When we try to help someone, it’s easy to try to direct their emotions or give advice. By accepting others and allowing them to safety express sadness, anger, fear, frustration and other emotions in our presence, we help them heal.
Respond – You can take action by bringing a meal, babysitting, or running an errand. Or you might do something more symbolic like donating to a charity in honour of a loved one, writing down a special memory in a card, or giving a thoughtful gift.
Extend – People are often flood with attention when a loss occurs but sport usually decreases over time. By remembering and continuing to reach out, especially during the holidays and on special occasions, you can help bring encouragement and hope.
By Holley Gerth