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Dealing with loss during the Christmas season


December 4, 2017

I will never forget the first Christmas after my mother passed away. She died in late August of 1998 and it was our first Christmas without her. We had so much to be thankful for: our oldest daughter, Beth was returning to live and work in Havre; I was starting a new job at Northern Montana Health Care in January; the other girls were adjusting well and doing well in school; and farming was going well.

After the Christmas story in Luke 2 was read and gifts were opened, I melted. In all my years, it was my first without Mom. I cried and sobbed. I missed her.

As the holiday seasons are appr...

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