Christmas Cards

And so the weeks pass and grief remains steadfast in our lives. We are in the midst of the Christmas season now and mostly as a family we are getting by.    Another tradition we have when bereaved is that we don’t send Christmas cards the first Christmas after a loved one dies.   The … More Christmas Cards

Christmas Season

When I was growing up in Ireland the eighth of December was traditionally the day when the Christmas season began.  On the religious side, for Roman Catholics,  it marks the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This day was commemorated with a day off school, attending mass and, if we were lucky enough, a trip to … More Christmas Season

My Mother

My dear Mother passed away suddenly this week. I never got to say goodbye. We are heartbroken. Rest In Peace Mammy. When all the others were away at Mass’ [from Clearances in memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984] by Seamus Heaney When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes. They … More My Mother