The Holidays can be a very trying time for those that have lost loved ones. On a personal note, this was the first Thanksgiving that I didn't have my Mom's turkey and dressing and it will be the first time that I don't spend Christmas morning at my mom and dad's home. One of the hardest things for me about the holidays is that things don't feel the same... As I was thinking about this the other day I thought at some point I guess my mom and dad felt the same as I was feeling because they had lost their parents too. True, some things are different and have changed but some things have to carry on for my child. Just like my parents did it for me. I say all of this but this year is going to be tough but thats ok. Its something that I will keep my head and work through. The thing that I have to be mindful of is to be easy on myself and others. Grief can wear many mask but it is our job to start taking those mask off one at a time....I hope you can do the same.