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Loss during the holiday

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On a headstone in Ireland, "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

The Holidays can bring to memory loss and absence of a loved one. Through the power of grief; we attempt to make the unacceptable, acceptable. Through our senses of sight, sound, smell and touch; we feel very sad, mad, confused and shocked in what is happening. Caught in this human struggle causes us to question our own existence. This is a powerful time and it requires an outlet and expression.

Beginning with a simple act of gratitude, give thanks that the sun is still shining, the earth is turning, there is water to bathe, food to eat and there is still love in the world. Begin by remembering your beloved, wherever they are. Speak their name and remember their gifts to you and your life. Remember their favorite food and eat it, their favorite color and wear it, their favorite song and sing it. Remember how much more you have to bring to life because of the time you shared together. Give thanks for the world you thought would end, didn't. Give thanks and begin the healing.

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