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Grief and the Holidays

December 17th, 2008 by judytalks

The Holidays are approaching and your best friend is in mourning. Or perhaps you are. No amount of comfort seems adequate, and the very idea of celebrating is diminished by the sense of sadness over your loss.
How can you help yourself, or someone else?
Staying close, listening, and choosing the traditions that mean the most are a good beginning.
I lost my husband nearly 18 years ago. He went into the hospital the Friday after Thanksgiving and died January 8, 1991. Those five and a half weeks were filled with crises that left him paralyzed and brain damaged. When he died, my family and I were mentally and emotionally devastated.
The sadness of loss never goes away. We don’t “get over it”. We come to terms with it. Today we remember and continue to celebrate those things we hold dear, and remember loved ones who are gone.
Let family and friends comfort and include you. Know that you won’t feel like being joyous, but traditions can bring solace and a sense of continuity to our lives.
I write about grief, loss, and healing because they touch every life. Take heart and surround yourself with those who love and care about you.
I wish you well. Judy

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