A Grief Break: Dealing With Loss During the Holidays

November 13, 2014 4:59 PM

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Every year at this time we are inundated with emotion derived from the loss of loved ones. We dwell on the memories of holidays past and become so busy feeling badly that we forget what the goodness of the season is all about. If it was important enough to remember sadly, then it's important enough to remember fondly, because it's the happiness with those loved ones that you are missing. That element of sadness gets in the way of healing and we can easily neglect to create new memories that could enhance the ones we embraced through family and tradition.

It is my understanding through experience that our deceased loved ones want us to continue with their traditions and think of them warmly when we do. And the holiday season is a difficult time because we struggle with that, as though being happy would be a sin. Instead, we should try to create an aw...

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