The holiday season can feel more like a storm to weather than a cheerful time brimming with love and light.  In fact for some, it’s the first holiday season since a death and natural but painful upsurges of grief occur.  For others, it may feel less acute in anguish, but still aching and empty.  We each traverse our own grief process according to personality traits, the nature of the relationship to the one(s) lost, personal history of other loss experiences, beliefs, and social needs.  You may be dreading this holiday season or you may be carrying a kind of ambivalence about it, knowing there are aspects of this time of year you still find pleasant or enjoyable.  Whatever the look and feel of your subjective interior, the fact remains there is an absence in its landscape you are grieving and mourning.

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