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Navigating Loss: Coping with Grief During the Christmas Season

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

"I love you to the moon and back our little winter bear. I know you know how much that is cause you're already there. I kissed you a million times. I tasted the tears I cried. I held you my beautiful granddaughter, and I'll keep your heart in mine." C. Grant




For the 18th day of our Christmas countdown, I gave myself a truly meaningful gift: the opportunity to grieve. It was on January 4, 2023, that Eliza Marie Aucoin earned her angel wings. We held her tightly in our embrace before bidding farewell to our granddaughter. Her feet never touched the ground; however, her presence will forever be etched in our hearts, and we can find peace in knowing that we have a guardian angel watching over us.


Experiencing intense emotions when celebrating Christmas or a culturally significant holiday can be a reminder of the loss we have endured. These emotions can range from sadness to anger and a deep longing to be reunited with our loved ones. It is completely normal to feel this way, as grief is the consequence of love.


Mindfulness teaches us that grief can be a healing process and that holding onto cherished memories, however brief, is a way to preserve the traditions and people we hold dear. So, it is important to acknowledge and honour our feelings of sadness, while also continuing to celebrate our traditions or creating new ones. There is no need to feel guilty about enjoying the company of loved ones during these festivities. Additionally, it is crucial to carve out time for self-care, and if necessary, reach out to someone for support or assistance. Remember to be compassionate towards yourself throughout this journey.


Honour the loved ones we hold dear by creating a new Christmas tradition. A few tears and the assistance of a Kleenex were required to place Eliza Marie's ornament on our Christmas tree. As our cherished first grandchild, she is deserving of remembrance and celebration. This Christmas, a candle will be lit in her honour and she will be included in our heartfelt blessings for those who have departed from our family.


During this festive season, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to all those who are grieving. May you find solace in cherished memories and find strength through the companionship of family and friends. My love and warmest wishes go out to you, as I hope you find comfort in the Christmas blessings of hope and faith.



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I was so sad to hear of your loss in January, not easy for sure, hope you ,Raymond and family have a Merry Christmas, big hugs ❤ Adele Chiasson

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Betty Jean Aucoin
Betty Jean Aucoin
19 בדצמ׳ 2023
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Adele thank you. As you know well, loss is a journey that takes time as we live without those we love. 🙏💕 Merry Christmas to you and family. 💕

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I remember grieving for you in January, then with you 17 days later when my sweet mother-in-law earned her angel wings ❤️ There is definitely a piece of our hearts missing this year and we will surely recognize the empty chair at our table. Hugs and love to you and yours this holiday season! 🥰

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Betty Jean Aucoin
Betty Jean Aucoin
19 בדצמ׳ 2023
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Thank you Krista. It definitely important to honour those we love and miss. Big hugs to you and Danny. 🙏💕

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Oh Betty Jean, I did not know about the loss of your grandchild. What a tragedy for all of your wonderful family. So unfair. Grieving will be ungoing for sure. Your blogging here is a positive project but the pain must be constant. I wish you a more hopeful 2024. Please say hello to Jan for me.

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Betty Jean Aucoin
Betty Jean Aucoin
19 בדצמ׳ 2023
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Thank you Susan. We definitely look to 2024 to be kinder to us. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a wonderful 2024. I passed on your hi to Jan. 🙏💕

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