Honor the empty seat

Real Life of an MSW

“Loneliness is the most difficult when we are surrounded by people. It is ourselves we are missing?”- calendar page

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Under the best of circumstances, holidays can be hard for families. Do you spend it with his family or yours? What if Aunt Millie inquires again why you aren’t remarried? for a family dealing with death, divorce or deployment, navigating the holidays can be heartbreaking and exhausting. For parents, who must get themselves through and find a way to re-create the joy of the season for their kids, the idea of keeping traditions alive in transition can be overwhelming.

One woman who had lost her husband eight months before Christmas was determined that that first holiday without him would be just like all the others. She prepared his favorite dishes for Christmas dinner, set the table exactly as they always had. She did everything in her power to make it seem…

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4 Responses to Honor the empty seat

  1. B. says:

    It’s definitely ourselves we miss if we let our mind being swept away … and it’s difficult to stay aware in a loud crowd..

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  2. A great read and for sure it is ourselves who we really miss in all the crowd of people.

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  3. Cloud Walker says:

    It is tough for the holidays when you have to decide to stay home and let your family do what they want or just push them to visit because you are on your own…

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    • msw blog says:

      I agree that is why I think everyone should think beforehand what the holidays mean and ask the follow up questions. What’s the good part? What’s the hard part? What do you wish would happen this year?

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