When Christmas Isn’t Merry Remembering Those Who Have Lost Someone During the Holidays
The upcoming holiday season can be one of the most wonderful times of the year. Spending time with family and being thankful for everything we have is a great way to end the year. I also enjoy sleeping in and taking a few days off work. As amazing as the holidays can be, we should all be reminded that some people are feeling anything but celebratory. The holidays can be extremely hard on those left behind after someone passes away. One of the hardest parts of my job is helping families who have lost a loved one. Obviously, in my area of law, it is necessary that I handle this type of work, but that doesn’t make it any easier for me when I receive a phone call with bad news. Whether it is expected or not, those calls hurt. I am obviously saddened to hear about one of my clients passing away, especially since I consider many of my clients to be more like friends. Discussing family issues, hearing worries about their loved ones, and coming up with a way to take care of their children after they are gone is quite an intimate process. It takes hours of conversations, meetings, work, and problem-solving to put together an estate plan for each family we serve. By the time we finish up the plan, I feel like I know the entire family, even the children and grandchildren whom I have never met. Talking on the phone with someone who has lost a loved one is extremely hard for me. It is even worse for the person making that call who has lost their husband, their wife, their parent, or their child. It makes me think back to when I lost my mother a couple years ago. I remember being
on who is obviously not in the room. Parties, dinners, Christmas light shows, ice skating, and opening presents aren’t quite the same. This article isn’t meant to be morbid and make you feel depressed. When you are celebrating the holidays with your friends and family this year, cherish every moment. In my office, we are reminded all too often that our time on this earth is limited. So, if you have a friend or family member who may be struggling with loss this holiday season, make sure to check in on them. Let them know you are thinking about them. Also, for all of you struggling with the loss of a loved one this holiday season, know that my office and I are thinking about you. I do my best to slow down, take a step back, and realize how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family, amazing friends, and the opportunity to do work that I love. Most lawyers can’t honestly say they spend all of their hours at the office helping people take care of their loved ones. I can say that with 100% certainty. From all of us here at The Rosenbauer Law Office, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.
physically exhausted, emotionally drained, devastated, in a state of shock, and confused all at once. Heck, I even got lost trying to drive back to my own house at one point. My family found out how lucky we were that year. The number of friends and family members who rallied around all of us was tremendous. People checked in, brought food, got us out of the house to distract us, and were there for us. It really made me realize how many good people there are out there. Regardless of the overwhelming support from those close to you, all of the“firsts”after you lose a loved one are very hard. My mother’s first birthday after she died was hard. So was Christmas. Mother’s Day was probably the worst. Holidays and family functions are different when someone who was always there isn’t there anymore. Unlike day-to-day life, it is not easy to distract oneself without dwelling
Our team at Rosenbauer Law Office wants to include a friendly reminder for all our readers that our hours of operation will vary due to the upcoming holidays. • For the Thanksgiving holiday, our office will be closed on Nov. 28–29. • In December, we will have limited hours from Christmas Eve, on Tuesday, Dec. 24, to New Year’s, Wednesday, Jan. 1. However, our voicemail and emails will be checked periodically. If you have an emergency you need us to address during that time, don’t hesitate to reach out.
-Nick Ro senbauer
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