The holidays are meant to be a time for celebration.
College students taking a break after finals, parents enjoying a full home again, professionals sharing their accomplishments, and siblings back to fighting over the best spot on the couch.
But for some people, the holidays aren't all things merry and bright. Although they may be surrounded by family and friends, all they can see is an empty seat at the table.
If you've lost someone in your family, especially if you've lost them recently, the holidays can be an incredibly painful reminder of the people who are no longer here to celebrate with you.
Sometimes, it may even feel like a betrayal to celebrate such a special time of year when there are people who are missing. But this year, let's change our perspective.
You can live through something that rocks your world off its axis. You can survive losing a piece of your heart without losing who you are. More than merely surviving the loss, you can thrive.
- Rachel Hollis, girl wash your face