When you have lost someone is not only the person whom you have lost, but also the possibility of future quality time spent together, future laughs, fun and activities together. Holiday time becomes especially hard for those who have lost someone dear to them. This is a time when families come together and spend quality time, playing and having fun. It is a time to reconnect, re-evaluate, remember and look ahead to the future. When you have lost a significant other the holiday season can begin to feel like a massive reminder of that loss. Everywhere you look you see partners smiling and looking happy, children playing, grandparents enjoying time with their little grandchildren, and families going about doing what families do when it is holiday time. Other people’s happiness can feel like salt to a raw wound for those who are grieving. This is especially true if you had a particular ‘holiday ritual’ that you and your loved one used to enjoy together – be it putting up a Christmas tree, cooking a particular dish, going to a particular holiday spot or simply enjoying a specific activity together. Suddenly entering into a holiday where this ritual is no longer done may seem empty and feel like yet another reminder of that which is no more.