Our expert says:
HEllo Lee, I am so sorry to hear about your grief. Anniversaries and holidays are always a difficult time. Don't feel you HAVE to pretend to be jolly or get into the gifting frenzy, just for the sake of others. Take time for yourself and your thoughts, and maybe consider seeing a counsellor for a few sessions. Also, consider contacting, if as I hope they have a branch within reach of you, the organization the Compassionate Friends, which consists of people who have lost a child, of whatever age, you gather to help each other. The pain will, unbelievably, get better, and it will become easier to remember him with joy for all the good aspects of his life, and not merely with sorrow.
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