For many of us the Holidays are not an experience off of a Hallmark Card. I know I tried hard to make the holidays the best for for my children. However, every year I would look around and sadness would over take me for the baby girl I had buried. She would never have the experience of the Holidays as my other three children. I had fun with my living children. It was a bitter sweet experience. It made me realize how precious and sweet they truly are!
Holidays and Memories
As a caregiver and someone who has lost many family members, in and around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have not always liked this time of the year. Each year I have a tendency to dread the Holiday Cheer that seems to be forced upon us. I have finally come to realize that it is not about the material things, it is about the quality of the time we spend with those we love while they are here with us physically. It is about honoring the memory of those who have gone before us.
My birthday I always give a gift to someone and this year I will be giving gifts for each of my family members who have passed on. At Christmas I am hanging ornaments that represent all of my family. The tree will be a memorial to all who have meant something in my life.
Author of "31 Daily Inspirations for Caregivers: One Day, One Breath,One Step at a Time"