Susan Jane Griffin, Contributor
Sometimes the thing we least feel like doing is the very one that can help us the most.
If we have suffered a loss and are in the depths of grieving, or if we are depressed and tend to isolate ourselves, family and friends might encourage us to “get out and be with people.”
But, especially when we are feeling really “down,” it can be incredibly difficult to get ourselves out the door, even if we know there could be support and companionship available in the community.
This Saturday at 1 p.m., a free non-denominational event called Blue Christmas & Celebrate a Life will be held at Comox United Church.
If you are among the many for whom Christmas this year is not necessarily expected to be a “Ho-Ho-Ho, Jolly” time, then this beautifully gentle event, co-created by the Comox Valley Hospice Society and Comox United Church, is custom-designed for you.
Even if there is only one community gathering that you can muster the energy and courage to attend as this holiday season begins, making it this one is a decision you will not regret.
Like a warm blanket being held out to wrap you up, this opportunity to join with others in the community who are also feeling less than chipper — for whatever their own reasons might be — is a special gift that you can give yourself. And it is free.
All you have to do is show up, and the kind, understanding, well-trained staff and volunteers will take care of you.
Before or after the formal program, you may want to meet and talk with them about whatever makes the Christmas season especially sad or challenging for you this year.
Or, you are perfectly free to remain silent and just be with your own private thoughts and feelings. Everyone and everything will be welcomed in an atmosphere of utmost respect and compassion, whether it is tears or laughter, sharing or private reflection and prayer.
A softly orchestrated program of music, speakers, silence and ceremony will be followed by the option of staying for fellowship while sharing homemade food and beverages, compliments of Comox United Church.
Blue Christmas & Celebrate a Life offers a few precious hours of being with others in whatever way feels best for you. For more information, call the Comox Valley Hospice Society at
Susan Jane Griffin writes for the Comox Valley Hospice Society.