You CAN Survive December With A Broken Heart

More than five years after Dominic’s departure for Heaven, I’m having to regather my thoughts and relearn my lessons this December.

Mama’s death, along with a multitude of other stressors has plunged me deep into despondency and despair.

My heart is nearly as fragile in this, my sixth season of holidays, as it was in the first. So I’m trying hard to remind myself of how to make it through.

Maybe this is your first Christmas or maybe it’s your tenth or twentieth. However many years you’ve faced and survived, I pray this post might fortify your spirit one more time.

With love, Melanie ❤

It comes up again and again-and not just for the parents facing their year of “firsts”:  How do I survive December with a broken heart?

There’s no single answer or list of things to do that will suit every family.

But there are some general principles that can make even this awful reality a little easier: 

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Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

7 thoughts on “You CAN Survive December With A Broken Heart”

  1. The work I am doing with suicide prevention does help my heart but sometimes becomes overwhelming. Many of the areas that I am involved with are now moving along at a pace, which is brilliant as things are coming together. However, even though I have great support, often people do not realise the cost to my fragile heart.
    I very much have to remind myself of my limitations. Especially as both my living children are struggling at the moment.
    I’m not sure how the Christmas period will pan out this year but know that God will ensure we will survive in His love x

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    1. I think often of the work you are doing and the price you pay to do it. Sometimes when we become skilled at telling our story, at using it for a bridge to help others, folks forget that it really happened, is STILL happening and impacts us every single day. Praying that the Lord brings people alongside who not only help with the program but who recognize the hurting heart behind it.

      I pray also that a bit of hope and light will meet you every day in December. We all need that. ❤


  2. I feel the like it’s going to be like my second Christmas after Amanda passed because it was far worse than the first one. That’s only because, as you know, my best friend died this past summer. Hugs.

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