Kim Gibson, MS, ATR, LPCC
Resource: Info on "Blue Christmas" services
Updated: Dec 31, 2019
A fellow therapist recently shared about “Blue Christmas” church services. I thought it was a really thoughtful resource and I want to help spread the word to any clients, family or friends who could benefit. Blue Christmas services are special services offered around the longest day of the year, which occurs this weekend. These services are for those who are grieving, in pain, feeling lost and for those who are having a hard time for whatever reason. The services are often filled with candles and quiet prayers. The services aim to create a safe place where one does not feel the need to mask their grief or pain and pretend to be full of holiday cheer. These services might be called a Blue Christmas service, a Service of Solace or Longest Night. The best way to find one in your area is to google “Blue Christmas service” near Los Angeles.
When I did that, several popped up, including these two upcoming ones:
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica,
1008 11th St, Santa Monica, California 90403, Santa Monica
Sun Dec 22 2019 at 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
West LA United Methodist Church
1913 Purdue Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
December 22, 4:00 PM – from their website: Blue Christmas Service. Sometimes the holiday season contains more sadness than joy. We understand. You are welcome at this quiet service of prayer, reflection, and conversation about the Christmas season.
I hope this resource can help whoever is in need. And if going to a service or being around others, isn’t comfortable right now, that is OK too. Maybe take a walk, be out in nature, or create a collage that honors your loved. Whatever you do, have self-compassion and do what is best for you without judgment.