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Dealing with Loss

As the granddaughter of Shirley Brice, I felt loss very early in life. I was only eight years old when she lost her battle with emphysema. Every birthday since then I have wished, "I wish God is taking good care of Grandma in Heaven." As I got older I realized how silly this wish was, but because she was my favorite person in the world I continued the same wish. Except for this year, I decided I would let go of the wish once and for all. Even though I only got to spend a short time with my grandma, I now have her journal and get to read her thoughts when I'm upset or need a little bit of inspiration to carry on. Every time I think of her in Heaven, the words that come to mind are from, Amazing Grace, My chains are gone" they go, "My chains are gone, I've been set free, My God, my Savior has ransomed me, and like a flood, his mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace." Even though I miss her everyday and I wish she was here, I know that she is in a better place. Since Christmas is right around the corner. I thought it would be a good idea to write about how to deal with loss through the Holidays. Every holiday is hard to make it through with loved ones missing, but Christmas seems to be the hardest. It's a time to give gifts and spend time with your friends and family. The first thing we should always remember even though we're sad they can't be here with us, is that they are here. I know this is going to sound like a talk your parents gave to you when you were a little kid, but the people we love, though they have left this world, always remain a part of who we are. They are always with us, no matter the distance in between. The second thing we always need to remember is that the best gift we can give them is the gift of being joyful and loving to others on Christmas. It's just as the song, "When I get where I'm going"goes,"
Yeah, when I get where I'm goin, there'll be only happy tears. I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years. And I'll leave my heart wide open, I will love and have no fear. Yeah when I get where I'm goin, Don't cry for me down here." Even though we are sad we should carry on and be happy for them like they would be if they were here on Christmas. The third thing that is, in my opinion the most important thing is remembering that they are in a better place. What is a better time for remembering that they are in Heaven than Christmas? This is a day when we are celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ being born, the Savior who took away our sins by dying on a cross for us. Your loved ones are in Heaven sitting right next to God and his son. What better hands could the people we love be in? The answer is that there are no better hands. Every time you want to be sad or get upset, remember that thought. That they are in the best hands they could ever be in, the hands we are celebrating, the hands that later were pierced with nails for us! I most certainly put my faith and trust in God to take loving care of my Grandma and Papa. They are home and I will be with them again someday. That thought alone can help me through a thousand Christmases. I hope everyone is prepared and joyful for the holidays that will be here before we know it. And when you feel alone and miss those people, remember that you are not alone and that we all have people we miss and yearn to be with. But, you are never alone and the times you have shared with them will always be with you in your heart to carry you through.
"I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart, I am never without it, anywhere I go, you go..." 
-E.E. Cummings

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