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Dealing with grief, mourning around the holidays

Last week as I was decorating my annual “Dove” tree, I was reminded of the bittersweet feelings the holidays can bring. Katie Couric recently wrote of her late husband’s death in Time magazine. She recalls the 19 holidays she has had since the death of her husband. She recounts what many of us have felt over the years while either caring for someone who is dying or after his or her death during the holiday season.

While the holidays can bring joy and happiness, the flip side for many of us can be the reminder of loss and grief. My mother loved Christmas. Your Christmas list had to be in by Halloween — really Mom? She decorated, she shopped, she cooked and baked, and in retrospect, I wonder how she did it all. She could not wait for the grandchildren to come for Christmas and spend the night.

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