Monday, December 12, 2011

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The holidays are such a wonderful time to gather with those we love.  Joy and celebration are everywhere right now.  For any of us who have lost someone close (perhaps someone so dear to us that they were an integral part of our holiday traditions),  this month can hold a quiet loneliness. I know this is true for my family.  I wanted to honor each of you today that is missing someone you love right now... often as you continue to create a magical season. Maybe there is a friend who is experiencing this December with fresh grieving. A phone call or special card  recognizing how hard this month might be for them could be the kindest gift of all. There is great healing that comes from feeling seen... from being connected to others that recognize what we are feeling. So in the hustle and bustle of all of this joy... joy that is real and wonderful... I just wanted to send out some tenderness to those of you that might need a little extra right now.
Be gentle with yourself.

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13 comments:

  1. Thank you for your kind and very true words.

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  2. oxox Maya
    you know what it means to me right now

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  3. A very dear friend of mine lost her Mom last week so I've been trying to figure out how to help her through the holidays. Your timing startled me a bit Maya! :o)
    Thank you once again for your words of wisdom!
    xoxo

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  4. Cozy Memories(Dear Sonia) you were in my heart as I wrote this.

    Joey- this was my hope.

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  5. I just got an email from a friend thinking that I had just lost someone. Sorry to cause anyone concern. No, it is only after 6 years that the pain has eased enough to be able to write this for others.

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  6. Thanks so much for this sweet reminder and validation, Maya. It's appreciated more than you can imagine!

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  7. Thank you for this gentle loving reminder. I know two people who could use this extra love. Thank you.♥

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  8. What thoughtful words at the perfect time for my family. Just returned from my wonderful Mother-in-law's funeral back home. I am struggling to balance thoughts and feelings with wanting to keep the good part of Christmas for my 11 year old, while feeling so sad.

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  9. Oh Laura, I'm so sorry. You can only do what you can do this year. I truly understand the complexity of feelings you might be having as mother and a daughter in law. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  10. Maya, your words touched me today in such a deep and personal way. We lost someone very special a week ago today, and we're all still reeling from this empty space in our family. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post.

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  11. Native Madridian- I'm so sorry for your pain and loss. Words are futile at a time like this.I'm honored that the ones I shared may have given you some sort of comfort... at the very least, the knowledge that you are not alone.

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