First Christmas without…

There’s something we need to talk about. How many of us are facing a “first Christmas without…”?

Aunts, uncles, parents. godparents, family friends can be especially missed at this time of year, even if we’ve been an adult for a long time (like the author of this post! ?).

The reasons for this are simple. When those who we love and who loved us, and who helped to keep us safe and happy when we were young are gone, there is no escaping the fact that we are the adults – and there is no one coming to “rescue” us – even if we haven’t needed “rescuing” for a really long time.

And that can feel lonely – and a bit scary. Christmas can be wonderful – but it can also be poignant too. And if you are facing a first (or even a 2nd, 3rd or 17th!) without – it’s ok to feel vulnerable. And please know you are not alone.

Let’s all support each other together this Christmas.