Please be advised that the CRCVC office will be closed from December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015 inclusive. We will re-open on January 5th, 2015. Wishing everyone a very safe and peaceful holiday season.
For many Canadians, the holidays are spent reuniting with loved ones, sharing laughs, and exchanging gifts. But, for victims and families who have lost someone they love to violence, the holiday season can be extremely difficult to face. This time of the year can change from one of joy, to one filled with sadness, loneliness, and anxiety.
This is the especially true for the family of Tina Fontaine. Less than four months after the murder of 15-year-old Tina, the family will be facing their first Christmas without her. Thelma Favel raised Tina, and now that she is gone, her family’s holiday celebrations will never be the same. Thelma stated, “it is Christmas time. It is all about family, and a big part of my family is gone”. Thelma and her husband are planning to honour Tina by placing a small Christmas tree beside her grave.
If you have lost someone you love, like the Fontaine family, trying to keep up with the festivities may at times feel unbearable. During the holidays, your loved one’s absence will be especially noticeable. You may ask yourself question such as: Am I being a bad person if I have a good time and celebrate? By doing so, am I ignoring the loved one I’ve lost? Should I be mourning instead?
These questions are normal and common, as celebrating with family and friends during the holiday season may make you feel like you are forgetting your loved one. But, remembering and honouring your loved one in a special way and spending time with others who make you happy can help you through this challenging time.
Here are some tips to help you cope during the holidays: