"I hate this time of the year," my friend said. I didn't have to ask why because I knew that she lost her husband in mid-December two years ago. Last December, on the first anniversary of his death, she said it was like there was an energy force all around that no longer resonated in her. Everything was "Happy Holidays" and "Happy New Year" but she did not feel happy at all.
This year the holidays were even worse because it seemed everyone expected her mourning to be over. After all, it had been two years -- never mind that she shared 15 holiday seasons with her husband.