Photo Essay: Holiday Healing by the Sea

by Ekua on January 5, 2011 in California,captured on memory card,local discoveries

Though the pain that comes from losing a loved one is infinite, the immensity of it does dim with time. But special events and holidays can re-magnify the loss and make you recall simpler, happier days when all of the dining table chairs were full.

My mom read somewhere that when a family member dies, it is better to begin new holiday traditions instead of dwelling on old ones. 2008 was the year we began recreating our holidays. That year, we went to Hawaii, and the following year, we spent a few days in Santa Barbara. This time, we visited Santa Cruz. Our trips have been getting closer and colder, but the bittersweet new tradition of glorious sunsets, makeshift Christmas trees, and the sea has continued…

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Lola January 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Loved the sentiment behind this post in terms of remembering lost loved ones by starting new traditions.

Nothing can ever fill their space, but we can always try to move on.

Like the mood in photos. Emotional. Here’s wishing you a prosperous 2011 in every sense of the word.

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Andi January 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I seriously had tears in my eyes as I read this. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Happy 2011 darling!

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