Even when expected, and especially when not, death is a shock.
Everyone experiences it in different ways.
However, I believe what everyone does feel is a desire to reflect on their relationship with the deceased, and moving forward, how they may wish to improve – according to their own perception – their relationships with those still alive.
Although troubled in some ways, my sister-in-law Robin had the biggest heart and was a very kind and caring person.
Our children felt especially badly for her sons losing their mother.
We felt sad for losing our sibling, and also for our mother, who had the unnatural experience of losing her child.
While holiday times can be stressful, especially depending upon your family circumstances and situations, I invite everyone to stay focused on love and appreciation of who each person is, rather than who they may not be.
Whether family of birth or chosen, may you treasure those still present in your life today, and let them know you love them.