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Grieving through the holidays

The holidays are a joyous time. A time filled with cheer, sweets and smiling faces. It is a time where friends and family gather and celebrate being together. There is gift giving, cheerful songs and lots of eating. There always seems to be get togethers and gatherings with friends and family and catching up on the year.

The holidays just aren't the same though, when you are grieving. There is always someone missing from the holiday gathering, someone you want to share a holiday moment with or send a Christmas card to. And if that person has passed away, you are left with sadness from not being able to share that holiday together.

My sister in law passed away at the beginning of December, after a three year battle with cancer. Even when you know a loved one is losing their battle, you don't know what the days ahead will bring. We are so grateful we were able to spend the final days together as a family, but even then we didn't know those final days would be the end.  Now, …