We all still miss the family members we lost. Sometimes out of the blue grief hits and it feels as real as the day we lost them. I’ll see little girls that are the age Joie’s sister would be if she was still living and wonder what she’d be like if she was still here. Holidays, birthdays, and school programs aren’t the same. I’m always aware as I am enjoying those events with Joie, that I’d rather be sharing that joy with the people she loved, who would be there with her if we weren’t there. But we do appreciate the days and years we have together, and the people we love. We treasure time with family and friends. We live healthier lives. We work harder to show kindness to those around us. We make choices based on family and relationship priorities, knowing time isn’t infinite.
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