Welcome to Friday Favorites. I know you’re all busy with family and shopping and leftovers so I will spare you the usual fanfare. But before I get on with it I do want to plug subscribing to the blog (right now), because over the next few weeks we will fully delve into coping with grief during the holiday season. Okay now here are a few articles about grief, etc etc.
If your looking for a way to give back in honor of your loved one this holiday season, you might consider doing it on #GivingTuesday. According to their website, “#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday. We ask that partners create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks.”
Although in order to be an “official partner” you have to be a certain type of group or organization, families and individuals are encouraged to participate by being generous in whatever ways matter to them.
I assume this must be a bitter sweet event for Newtown residents, the article seems to imply it is. Countless children spent their youths happily playing and learning within its classroom, but now it must go because of the horrors that played out in a matter of a few hours. It makes total sense and I’m sure it will be a relief for many to see it gone.
Thanks Marty for stopping us in our holiday shopping tracks and helping us to refocus on the meaning of love and the purpose of giving. In this post Marty features Isabel Allende’s essay about life lessons learned while taking care of her daughter Paula who lay in a comma for a year before her death in 1992. Reflecting on the loss of her daughter, Allende identifies her grief as a ‘cleansing experience’ which forced her to get rid of all excess baggage and hold onto only what was essential. Definitely take a minute to check out the post.
This is a pretty comprehensive post on suicide loss and how its resulting grief might seem unique. This is a good article for anyone who’s grieivng the loss of someone from suicide or for anyone hoping to support a suicide survivor.
Here is a man dancing around the world, he’ll make you smile.
Here is a time lapse video of 700 hot air balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. I dunno, why not?
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