Seminar offers help for newly divorce during holidays

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013

During the holiday season, you look around and see families happily shopping for gifts, couples holding hands through the mall and people humming along to holiday songs.

But if you’re going through a separation or divorce, the holiday sparkle has dimmed and holiday cheer may be a painful memory.

“It was hard to see families around Christmastime,” said Monica. “It magnified the fact that I was alone.”

“Every time I turned around, I saw families together,” said Bill. “It’s just like somebody’s punching your heart.”

Even though you may have some tough emotional times this season, you can still not only survive but also enjoy the holidays this year. The key is to be prepared.

DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays is a two-hour event where you can learn practical, effective strategies to help you make it through the holidays. Held Nov. 12 at Seacoast Church - Mount Pleasant Location from 6:30-9 p.m., this seminar begins with a video featuring interview clips from respected Christian counselors, psychologists and authors speaking on topics pertinent to people in separation or divorce.

The videos also include practical advice from people who’ve experienced a marital breakup and have faced at least one holiday season since then.

At Surviving the Holidays, you’ll receive a Holiday Survival Guide that includes over 30 daily readings full of encouragement and tips to help you construct a healthy approach to the days ahead. You’ll also spend time with other people in separation or divorce who have an idea of what you’re going through and who will accept you as you are without expectations or judgment. “With the people at DivorceCare I don’t have to have it together,” said Monica. “I don’t have to be a certain way. I come as I am, and they know what I mean.”

This holiday season can be a wonderful time of personal growth and peace as you learn to discover joy amidst the heartache. To register or find out more about DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays, call Julie Hiott at 843-881-2100 x 1135 or juliehiott@seacoast.org.

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