It's a stubbornly pervasive myth that suicide rates are highest during the holiday season -- actually, they peak during the spring (for reasons that we don't fully understand). But what is undeniably true is that the period that kicks off with a giant turkey and culminates with Auld Lang Syne can be utterly excruciating for those left behind after the suicide of someone close to them (particularly those who are white-knuckling it through that first year).
Thanksgiving had always been my very favorite holiday, and I adored our extended family's longstanding traditions. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins coming in from all across the country and the excitement we felt as each new group arrived. The annual rain-or-shine Turkey Bowl football game o...
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