“In the depths of winter, I discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”-Albert Camus
As the seasons change, from spring to summer, fall to winter, we may be reminded of our losses and miss special people in our lives. Many feel conflicting emotions as the holiday season approaches, especially during the first year after losing a loved one. The anticipation leading up to our first celebrations without them can feel overwhelming and isolating.
Being open to support from family and friends and expressing gratitude for the love and gifts our loved one shared can shift our perspectives and help us once again feel the warmth of summer. Planning to honor and remember our loved ones can validate our emotions and help us feel more in control and bring meaning and joy.
To honor, remember, and celebrate your loved one around the holidays, try some of these rituals with your family:
About the authors
Patrice DePasquale, MSW, LICSW, is Director of Bereavement and Pediatric Palliative Care, and Samantha McCarthy, MS, CCLS, is Children's Program Manager for Care Dimensions.
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Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore, has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.