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December 19, 2016

Earl Grollman wrote, “Each person’s grief journey is as unique as a fingerprint or snowflake.” This quote speaks to the idea that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve, because people grieve differently.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one.

During the holiday season, symptoms of grief that have previously dissipated may suddenly return, and it can seem as though one is actively grieving again. This experience is known as “anniversary grief.” Although anniversary reactions can occur for many years following a loved one’s death, they are usually felt most deeply during the first holiday season.

It is important to know that the return of grief...

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