Got Grief? It’s that holiday time of year.

For years after my father died my mom carried on at the holidays as if nothing had changed. Her intentions were good — to keep things the same and not bring any sadness into the room.  But things weren’t the same, there was a person missing. My dad.  The person who sawed off the bottom of the tree to fit into the tree stand.  And who wired the tree with lights and watched as we all decorated it with the familiar ornaments and sipped hot chocolate.  Except now I was the one trying to saw off the bottom of the tree and get the lights on just so the way my mom liked. His...

Remembering someone who has died at holiday time

A mourner is perforce, a person with a story. The pity is, how very rarely it gets told.” Christian McEwen The first Thanksgiving after my mother died, I spent with my godmother Ginny and her family. I had known Ginny my whole life, of course, and her three daughters were like cousins to me. They were all there, one of them with her own three daughters! Growing up we had spent many holidays and birthdays together, so we were a lively crew, and everyone contributed part of the meal. I brought some of the traditional items from my childhood, creamed onions and an apple pie; my favorites...

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About Mary

Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is currently in private practice in Madison, NJ where she works with individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions of any kind.

She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, training, and clinical expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children, teens, families, and adults coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient, and develop the coping tools and skills needed to manage all of the transitions of life.

About Mary

Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is currently in private practice in Madison, NJ where she works with individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions of any kind.

She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, training, and clinical expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children, teens, families, and adults coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient, and develop the coping tools and skills needed to manage all of the transitions of life.

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