Grieving during the Holidays

Can we go ahead and name the elephant in the room about the holiday season? Holidays are extremely hard after the loss of a loved one. And they’re not just hard the year of the loss, they’re hard every single year after, too. For a season so focused on gathering with family and dear friends, the holidays can become bittersweet for so many of us as we miss the taste of our grandmother’s apple pie, as we notice the empty chair at the dinner table, as we feel the lingering sadness, anger, and pain. My family recently lost our beloved grandmother. We all feel the heaviness of grief in our own ways. While we will still gather together in joy and hope, we know too well the emptiness this holiday s

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