Getting Through the Anniversary of a Parent’s Death

This Sunday is the anniversary of my mom’s death. Although I’ve pretty much healed over the past 6 years, I have never gotten through the days leading up to the anniversary of her death, the day itself, or the days after without crying, or sometimes completely breaking down, Six years have passed since my mom died – I think of her in some way every day and I miss her.

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What can I do that might help with feeling depressed?

It has been a little over six months since my mom suddenly passed away after 7 years of being sick with an illness she was supposed to be able to live with. It seems like things should be getting better by now but they are not getting any better. It has been really hard to focus in school and I am always tired. It just feels so pointless sometimes. I feel sad and depressed often, and usually without a known reason.

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Yelling into Pillows

When you have an especially bad day, sometimes all you want to do is scream. But, if you scream at people, you could strain your relationship with them; they may feel more distant towards you, despite their efforts to sympathize with you. You could also run the risk of being sent to a psychologist. I personally was sent to a psychologist, but I didn’t enjoy it. I learned that the best place to scream is into your pillow, not at others. Not only does the pillow not get upset, but other people in the house won’t hear!

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How can I stop being angry at my dad because he died serving in the military?

My father died in the line of duty, and I can’t help but feel that what he did was both heroic and preventable. I don’t know why he enlisted when he could have been safe at home. It makes me angry; how can I help justify his decision and not be angry with him?

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