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It was Nov. 26 2006 Thanksgiving Day.
I am usually ok with not seeing my family over the holidays, since I live far away and generally have to work on holiday. But 2006 was different.
My mom amd dad had just sat down to eat Thanksgiving dinner when the phone wrang. The call that would change our lives forever.
My step brother was diagnosed with mental illness and struggled for years on/off meds and in/ out of treatment. This day he had been off meds and our family was going to have him go back into treatment the next day.
Maybe it was too much for him to handle, maybe the voices in his head got worse, maybe we could have done more...... but my brother made his way into his mom basement and hung himself on Thankgiving day.
It had been six years now but the hurt never fully goes away. My family tries to continue having thanksgiving dinner and all, but memory is still there.
I usually light a candle for my brother and say a prayer on Thanksgiving days.
I just needed to write out our story and to aknowledge our loss this year.
Has any one else here have similar situation? A loss on a holiday and trying to balance joy and mourning?