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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide - from birthdays, holidays, and other reminders. (Published 3/24/2015)


My only brother died near the end of 2007. Mom got sick with cancer and died in the summer of 2008, and Dad died of a heart attack (broken heart) in the fall of 2008. 3 deaths within 10 months. I was completely blindsided. I did see a grief counselor for about 6 months. Each day I was reminded of them somehow. Every month it seems like it’s their birthday, Mothers day, Fathers day, their death anniversaries. I have not been able to let go of anything that was Mom and Dad's yet. I have excess of everything. Songs make me cry, flowers in my yard, etc.. I'm more depressed than happy. Yes, I’m on meds. Any help or advice would be so much help.

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