As we begin 2017, it can be a good idea to review the past year, and think about what we will do differently in the new year. This can be especially powerful and important if you have experienced a loss.
Research suggests that if we are able to frame loss in a positive way, we handle loss better. That's not to say that we don't grieve, and we don't miss our loved one; but it does mean that we are able to think positively: "Yes, I have experienced the loss of a parent, and that is sad, and I miss my parent every day. On the other hand, I have this wealth of knowledge I learned from my parent, and I do things every day that remind me what a good parent I had. "
This is just one example of how we can think about the positive, and be thankful for the positive impact our loved ones have in our lives.