Everyone else is having a great time. We’re taunted by memories of a dead parent.
Here we go again. The annual Grief Super Bowl. It's known by most as the Holidays. By those with dead parents or other beloveds, it is the seasonal ambush by heartache and sorrow.
Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving or Christmas without Mom or Dad. I want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. For me, it's been more than 13 years. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. This season can suck a lot. But there's good news.
You are not alone, and you will survive.
But how? The holidays are a minefield of emotions and events and traditions and people.
If it's a Super Bowl, what are the best plays?
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Toni is a Memphis journalist, essayist and contributing author to two books. She uses personal stories and hard-won perspective to help “adult orphans” find their unique paths toward healing.
Much of Toni's painful journey was spent sifting through the leftovers of her parents' lives. Despite societal norms, she held onto their house and belongings for eight years, trying to rekindle a sense of safety and connection.
She found a way through grief and loss to discover beauty in life again. And you can, too.