November 2022

Rachel Writes

Halloween is behind us, and we are off to the fastest eight weeks of the year, at least for some of us. For those who have suffered a loss, the season arrives with mixed emotions. I like to thank those around me for what I DO have rather than what might be physically missing from my life. My mother’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. She always said having her family gathered around the dining room table, full of chatter and love, was all she could ask for in life. Prominent on the table year after year was a pair of pilgrim candles. We never lit the candles, allowing us to share the tradition with future generations. Although, with sadness, my mother passed away suddenly 17 years ago; and now my siblings follow her tradition of placing the pilgrim candlesticks on the table in her honor. While she is physically missed, we are thankful for having her at the table with us in our special way. 

This holiday season, take care of yourself. For those who need a bit of encouragement, please join me on November 29 for a Zoom program on “Navigating conversations during the holiday season." RSVP below.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of warmth and wonderful memories, always remembering what we DO have.

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Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: Amazon | Good Reads
Living with Loss, One Day at a Time: Amazon | Good Reads
Rachel Kodanaz
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