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Holidays and Grief

When Christmas Isn't Merry

Lee Gaitan | Posted 12.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Lee Gaitan

Despite how deeply we miss my sister, my family is looking forward to Christmas, to honoring old memories and creating new ones. We know that's what she would have wanted and that knowledge makes it easier for us to go on, carrying her spirit with us as we do.

Christmas Sucks Without Your Cigarette Breaks

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 02.27.2015 | Women
Meaghan McGoldrick

They were characters in stories without seats at the fold-out table and I was to the far right, hungover, parent-less and stress-sweating on a plastic chair. Seven years later, I still get the chills (and a slight stress rash) whenever someone else carves the turkey.

Holidays After Loss: A Love Letter

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Gina Barreca

Other people's happiness is more difficult to avoid than other people's pain. Seeing the holidays swirl around you means being hurt all over again.

Finding Room For Joy When Everything Has Changed

Kathy Glow | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

Those of us who grieve deeply never get over it. We live our lives with it, we manage it. But during certain times of the year, the management is much harder. And the grief will swallow us if we're not careful.

What Our Family Photos No Longer Hide

Kathy Glow | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I told the photographer about our situation. About missing someone from our family. She gave me an idea of how everyone could be in the picture together, even Joey and the new baby.

Empty Chair At The Dinner Table? 5 Ways To Cope With Loss Over The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Causes of vacancy come in endless iterations and are particularly poignant during the holidays. You may be left staring death in the face. Or, perhaps your loss involves a loved one that lives far away and finances are insufficient to bring them to your door.