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You are so right, Diane...
((((Jenny)))) I think the second year is far tougher than the first. Di is spot on saying the grieving process is ongoing. It's lifelong imho. I still grieve for my sister, and this month marks the five year anniversary of her death.
The year after Marcie died was full of kindnesses from folks, and I deeply appreciated that. But one of the nicest cards I received was from an old high school friend...she sent it to me exactly a year after Mar died because she remembered and wanted to tell me so. That meant so much to me...that others understood I was still grieving.
This time of year...winter...is tough enough for many. It's the most dreary time of all...little sunlight...cold...and we're confined to our homes much of the time. It's probably very difficult for your mom to be alone...she's missing your dad and stuck inside. Talk to her, Jen...tell her your concerns and tell her how much you love her. I'm certain she'll appreciate your caring. Perhaps you can arrange a 3-way call so your sister can be on the line too. Surround her with all the love you can muster and reassure her you're only a heartbeat away.
One thing that always cheers me...esp in winter...is a fresh bouquet of spring flowers. I even buy them for myself...they always chase the blues away for awhile.
All the best to you, honey...