Amidst the beautiful celebration of Christmas, I am reminded of the many people I know who have lost a loved one. The Holidays can be bittersweet for those who are grieving.
Our family had a very difficult year back in 2012. My precious mother passed away in August after an 8-year journey with Alzheimer’s; her only brother and my only uncle passed away that November; and then my father-in-law passed away that December after a long illness. It was a time of intense grieving and yet, amidst the pain, there was the palpable richness of the love we felt – and continue to feel – with and for those who are no longer with us in this realm.
This Christmas Eve, I am offering up a heartfelt prayer of love and gratitude for my precious friends and family members, those who are here and those who have crossed over. I am also praying for the many people in the world who are grieving the loss of loved ones this time of year. Please know that you aren’t alone in your grief. In the spirit, we are all one, and we love and grieve together.