Alas, the holiday season is upon us. And as much as I find myself delighted by light displays as it turns dark at 4:30 pm and holiday movies streaming 24/7; I also find myself struggling with very un-holiday like emotions – sadness, powerlessness, and grief. Norman Rockwell holiday images of “Dashing Through the Snow” be damned!
2016 has been a tumultuous year. Geo-political conflicts aside; in my small department at work – between 6 people – we have experienced the death of 11 loved ones in addition to multiple critical illnesses of family and friends. And while I work with an outstanding group of professionals, I know that inside, grief blankets our hearts like a heavy snowfall. Maybe this is you too this holiday season? (more…)