Reflecting on the previous year and looking to the future...
And so we are now counting down the days to Christmas. The excitement is infectious in our house as preparations are well underway. Cakes nearly iced. Presents nearly wrapped. Sticky tape could be found anywhere. No one can find the scissors and no one is owning up to who lost it! Of course we have… Continue reading Happy Christmas!
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… Continue reading Christmas Cards
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… Continue reading Christmas Season
Time moving on..
A November week
Trying to make sense and adjust to our loss and bereavement
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… Continue reading My Mother
Helping your kids understand your cancer diagnosis and the ongoing support they need.
Reaching out and thinking of others