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Don't Wait to Apologize

Monday, November 27, 2017

My second-oldest niece, Shannon, turned 48 last week. She has been plagued with physical and mental problems for a long time now. Often, she would lash out at others as she was in pain. On her birthday, she was offered a 40-hour-a-week job with great benefits and was excited about it.

On Friday, she was to decorate for the holidays with her son. She laid on the couch and fell asleep as she waited for him. He went to wake her up to find her cold. It is so devastating to find a loved-one gone at any time, but it's even harder during the holidays.

My sister and my oldest niece (Shannon's Mom and sister) are absolutely devastated. They weren't on speaking terms with her. They are living with guilt and without a daughter/sister. My sister is struggling with alcohol and I do worry that she will turn to it again. She's come close to dying herself and I am afraid of losing her, too.

Please, PLEASE, at least call a strained truce with loved ones that are on the outs with you. We can't go back but we can go forward. And it will do wonders for your holiday spirit.
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