A mourner's guide to surviving the holidays

The holidays aren't always happy. Sometimes they're full of grief. That's okay.

Loss hits the hardest during the holiday season.
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My mother, a devout Christian, was born on Dec. 25. For our family, that day rocked every single year. We had the tree, the stockings, and the presents in the morning, the awe-inspiring music in church at noon, and mom's birthday party at night. Boom! A perfect day, always engineered by mom herself.

Until the year she died.

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