Christmas is supposed to be a special time of year, but for many who have lost loved ones, it is actually a really tough time.
For many of us, Christmas is filled with sad memories of someone who is no longer there. We all cope with grief in different ways, and whether we continue to celebrate Christmas as usual, or choose not to, they are both completely okay.
I have put together a poem in memory of all the ones who are no longer physically here during this festive season. And I want to remind you that you are not alone in your grief. We are all together in this because many of us have known this kind of suffering.
It’s supposed to be
the most wonderful time of the year
but it does not feel that way
now that you’re no longer here
there’s a missing place at the table
and the Christmas lights don’t shine so bright
as we eat our dinner
on this cold December’s night
The fire is still burning
and the wreaths are looking pretty on all the doors,
outside children’s faces are full of smiles
but that one special smile is missing, and it’s yours.
I watch as everyone opens their gifts
but I realize that gifts don’t mean a thing—
whatever is wrapped in a box will never
compare to the joy you used to bring
You know, on the Christmas tree
we have a special bauble with your name
and an image of you with a smile on your face
but still, it will never be the same
This time of year is always filled with laughter and tears
and although it is the hardest time to be apart
not a moment goes by
where you are not living in my heart
And so, on this white Christmas
whilst I am feeling quite blue
I will still try to celebrate
in beautiful memory of you.