“There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow.” December is a time of sparkling lights and all things festive. This is also a time when it often hits us hardest that there are family and friends that are no longer with us, and it hurts. I personally have my tearful moments leading up to Christmas. This is something that I know will happen, and that I will have some ‘tender’ days.
I know that self-care is vital particularly at this time of year. Author Kriti Ling writes “Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and honoring them.”
I find that I need extra quiet time for reflection, and I have certain books that I find comforting. Another thing that I find helpful is gentle exercise, whether that is yoga, tai chi, stretching or walking. Others may find that more aerobic exercise is helpful. The key is to allow yourself the time and space to find what works for you, and honour that by dedicating the time for it.
It can be helpful to keep in touch with other people when dealing with feelings of loss. Meeting with friends, or joining in regular activities can be just what we need at this time. To be supported, comforted and encouraged by others is a gift for us, and also for them.
There are many activities that are taking place in the community, and here at the Seniors’ Centre. Thanks to the Ontario Seniors Grant that we received, there will be several bus trips taking place this winter; a creative dance workshop; and, a free ’Arts in the Afternoon’ event, including lunch. For more information please give us a call, as we are just confirming details. For those that aren’t able to get out, we have volunteers that are available to visit, or call and have a chat on the telephone.
Are you looking for that gift for the person that has everything? ‘Gift Cards’ for our 4th Annual Big Band Dance, coming April 25th, 2020, are available for Christmas giving. This is a unique gift, and has the added bonus of helping to support KDHSI. Erick Le Pors, Dial A Chef, will be providing a delicious hot sit-down meal, and then the ‘The Jivewires’ will be providing music for us to dance to. There will also be a silent auction where ‘bidding’ is sure to be a lot of fun. There will be an Early Bird Draw, courtesy of Kemptville Retirement Living, for tickets that are purchased before March 6th, 2020. For more information please call us at 613-258-3203.
Remember to be gentle with yourself, and with each other. On behalf of the Board and Staff of KDHSI I wish you all of the blessings of the season.
Until next time
Susan Smith, Executive Director
Kemptville & District Home Support
215 Sanders St. Suite 101