Saturday December 17, 2016
How do you deal with loss during the season of cheer?
more stories from this episode
- Eat, don't drink, and be merry: An alcoholic's guide to ringing in the New Year
- From "Auntie Feel Good" to "Racist-Ass Uncle": Navigating prejudice over turkey dinner
- Tips and tricks for when you inevitably have to deal with people over the holidays
- Staying away from home for the holidays
- How do you deal with loss during the season of cheer?
- How to do Christmas when you're not Christian
- 'If he raises his hand too quickly… I'm out'
- Full Episode
For many, Christmas is a time spent with family. In 2009, Elizabeth Berrien didn't have that luxury.
Shortly before the holidays, she experienced a stillbirth and her husband, a solider, was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
"The idea of having to celebrate something and feel any ounce of joy was tremendously difficult. I just didn't know how I was going to get through."
She says all the cheer around her was like "twisting a knife into something that's already an open wound." She managed to survive by being brutally honest with those around her about what she could and couldn't take during the holidays.
Elizabeth tells Piya what she learned from her first Christmas after loss and how you can approach a loved one in a similar situation.