Keith Brownmiller wrote:
As we enter this happy and festive period between Thanksgiving and New Years, where we are focused on the happy, vibrant season that Christmas brings. May that continue.
However, this is a very difficult period for many to cope with. Depression can be the start of something much worse. I will give you an example. When my son was very little, we went home to Texas every other year. It was December 1984 and it was not my year to go home to Texas for the holidays. I get the Red Cross Emergency message. We all know that is never good. For us it wasn't good at all. The message informed of the death of my father Dec 21, 1984. All of us went in to San Antonio.
Just to prove it doesn't only happen once. In the early 2000s, I had found a family we were extremely close to in Hawaii after about 16+ years. We got back together and it was like we had never been apart. I stood with him as his family when he retired from the Corps back in the mid 70's. When we met up in Vegas, the years we were apart just melted away. Now we are in the early 2000, propably 2005/2006. Just prior to Christmas he was in the hospital, the decision was made on Cristmas eve to remove life support. Christmas morning he passed away. That afternoon his mother passed away.
The impact that has on families is heartwrenching.
Deaths in families, as well as the deaths of our buddies in combat bring the same depressed feelings. So it is imperative for all of us to watch our friends close in case they start to feel depressed. That is but one of many warning signs we exhibit when we are depressed and under undue stress.
Lets make sure that we include them in our events to help keep them from dweling on extremely tough mental states.
We are all brothers and sisters.
Lets make this truly a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas. We don't want to lose anyone for any reason.
It is our duty...
Keith what a heartfelt message, I lost my mom on Christmas day 2007, I went up to Chico California really early Christmas morning just to find my mother laying on the kitchen floor already gone with her Honey Bun dog curled up next to her, a very sad, shocking time for me, I can only imagine how my mom felt just before leaving us, I had many gifts for her and couldnt keep them because I was hurting so much later that afternoon I went to the mall and looked for older ladies just to give the gifts , the amazement and smiles I put on there faces was so great, I didnt tell them why I gave the gifts, one lady said are you Santa Claus? I said yes I am and went with this, Honey Bun is still going strong, its kind of like Mom
Is still here, I think of her everyday so I feel she is still with, Honey is a Terrier mix with attitude but so loyal to me, I love Christmas like my mom
Did , and some people think of it as time off and just gifts. , I always think of our lost loved ones , I have a shrine of moms art work and no way I will forget her . My thoughts are with you and your family, we all are blessed on what we still have