Surviving Christmas Grief

I wanted to share this thoughtful and informative article with you. My thanks to Diane Kratz for her willingness to share her own story of loss. Christmas is a joyous time of year, shared with family and friends. Twinkling lights, laughing children, sweet treats, and the anticipation of opening gifts. Full of wonderful traditions and memories. But, for some, it is a time of pain and sadness. Be sure this season to reach out to those who are grieving…whether from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or home, illness, the absence of a family member in the Armed Forces or the Foreign Service who are serving overseas, even the loss of a beloved pet. All these things can effect individuals differently, and even though some of these events might have happened years ago, the Holiday Season can raise them back up, fresh and new. Accept and acknowledge their pain. Be kind, be thoughtful, be supportive, be there for them. Thanks.
Take care and Merry Christmas,
Linda Williams Stirling

Profiles of Murder

Today I am sharing something not too many of my writer family knows about me. I lost my sixteen year old son, Eric, in 1996 to suicide.  I’d love to report that I’m over his death, but the truth is, his death is something I know I will never get over. But I have learned to deal with my loss of him.

December is hard for me, and I know it is for countless others who are dealing with the loss of their loved ones. Eric’s birthday was December 7. Last year my daughter gave me my first granddaughter born on his birthday.

Ms. Charlotte Joann is named after my mother who died two years after my son. In the span of two years, I lost two people I loved.

For years after my mom died, I’d break out her tree even though it was so old the limbs wouldn’t…

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