Surviving the Holiday Blues: Mama’s Final Presentation

On November 14, 2015, my mother unexpectedly passed in her sleep. Hours before she transitioned, she conducted a workshop for social service providers on how to navigate the “holiday blues”.

A Nursing professor and board certified nurse practitioner, my mother devoted her 38 year career to Black people’s mental health and wellness. Believing in God and therapy, Mama was best known for proclaiming that “you need God and every other qualified professional to be your best self.”

For many of us, the holidays will always be a difficult time. Whether it’s the financial stress or anxiety of it all or whether it reminds us of all who are no longer with us, we often have to fight to find a way to make it to January 2.

I’d like to share with you parts of my mother’s final presentation. Hopefully, you can apply some of her tips and strategies to make your holiday season less overwhelming.

I’d also like to share with you a blessing I wrote the year after she passed, “For Those Hurting During the Holidays”. May you remember that you are never alone.

Thank you, Mama, for everything.

Happy Holidays yall!

Love & Light,