Christmas feels depressing after two family deaths this year

DEAR DEIDRE: BOTH my husband’s father and my dad died this year and I am worried about how I will cope at Christmas.

This is the first time it will just be the three of us – me, my husband and our little girl.


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I am 28 while my husband is 30. Our daughter is three.

My father-in-law died of lung cancer early in the year, aged 65, and three months later I was back at the same hospital watching my father die from Covid.

He was in a coma for more than a week.

I know I haven’t fully grieved for him yet. He was just 62 and always great at Christmas.

How do we get through the festive season without him?

DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry that you have endured such a tragic year.

Death is still a mystery and you can’t hurry grieving for lost loved ones.

Set aside time early on Christmas Day to remember your dad and how much you loved him.

You might cry but that is OK.

Then you should be able to enjoy your little girl’s happy excitement.

My e-leaflet Coping With Bereavement explains the sources of support out there.

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