Death is inevitable. It is even anticipated, if not expected, to occur for a parent long before your own demise. Still, even when it happens well into one's adulthood, losing a parent can be an overwhelming loss.
Dec. 25 and many other holiday or "anniversary" dates can be highly significant. These include birthdays, marital anniversaries and days when loved ones died. This phenomenon, often deeply painful, is called an "Anniversary Reaction."
The five stages of grief -- which I have learned can happen all at the same time -- make it hard to function sometimes, so travel can be more difficult than usual. Grief is a complex and inconvenient emotion.
It's not easy to tolerate someone else's grief, but it's cruel to tell people how to manage their grief, or how long they should mourn, or in what ways. Loss should be respected, not stifled or judged.
If these complementary therapies all have the power to reduce chronic stress and depression, could they not -- in combination with medical treatment -- potentially improve the prognosis and extend the lives of cancer patients?