For our friends and families that have suffered a loss this past year, this can be an uneasy time of year. This will be the season of “firsts”. Holidays and family celebrations without the loved one there. This might be a good time to consider starting a new family tradition or creating a meaningful ritual in the loved one’s honor. Adopting a less fortunate family, a toy drive, or donation to your local food pantry in your loved one’s name.
The holidays at my grandparents was always a boisterous affair. Music throughout the house, Grandpa’s booming voice and the tinkle of ice in his always present Manhattan. That first Christmas after he passed, the house seemed unnaturally quiet.
CK’s post on X-Mas Still Comes Early is a touching example of the loss felt during the holiday season and she has created a loving video tribute to her mother.
Earlier this week we spoke to a mother who had lost her son in a tragic accident in New York back in November, who called to say the urn she ordered was perfect and was complimented by a piece of her artwork her son had carried across the world.
Thanksgiving was difficult and they are switching things up this year, it’s just too painful to try continue the same traditions. In her words, “I just can’t do the stocking thing this year.”
Rather than have the family Christmas at home this year, they will go to their other son’s home and then have trips planned abroad after the holidays. She wants a change of scenery and feels her husband would benefit as well.
The hardest part? To keep moving. Finding the strength to get up, push on and stay busy.