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I know my first few Christmases when I lost my parents were so very hard, so I just wanted everyone to check in.
How are you doing? Are you doing anything special in memory of your lost parent this Christmas? Do you light a special candle, or have a special ornament? Could you write them a letter telling them how much you miss them? Do you have anyone special you can talk to about how much you miss your loved one? Tell me a special Christmas memory you've got of your parent.
AFM, this is my 15th Christmas without my dad, and my 3rd without my mom. My mom would have loved Christmas with my three boys. Her last Christmas in 2006, my son was 3 months old-she loved him so much! She even wrapped a gift of fresh carrots for our shih tzu Mylo to open-she was such a special person, and we miss her so much. I imagine she's watching us as this holiday season approaches, and doesn't want us to be sad; I wouldn't if I were her. But its so hard without her. If your loss is still fresh, know that the first year is very hard, the 2nd is a bit easier, and the third isn't as painful.
I want to hear from all of you in here, know that you're not alone. We're quiet, but we're all still here grieving together.
i have a Christmas ornament for my mom - since she started our family tradition of each of us having/getting/making a special ornament for each year to decorate the tree with. When i was 17 my mom converted to Judaism, so we have a special menorah and such from her too.
I had a special set of ornaments on my tree this year. One for my dad and one for each of our 7 angels. The holidays are always hard...especially because now that Christmas is over, we are starting the countdown to the anniversary of Dad's passing. Jan 22nd. I can't believe it's been nearly 3 years already.