Ringing in the new year may have been something you have been looking forward to for many months. As we anticipate what this new year may hold, it can bring a mixture of emotions. Many families have shared that they are grateful to have 2020 in their rearview mirror and feel hopeful for the future. During this time, we often contemplate our goals and resolutions for the new year and reflect on our past accomplishments and struggles.

For many grieving families, this year has been particularly difficult, and it is important to give yourself some grace and allow yourself time to heal. It is helpful to know that we can grieve in our own way and at our own pace. Here is a poem that is a helpful reminder that allowing yourself time to rest is not a failure:

The Mountain

If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead
If the morning brings you sadness
It’s ok to stay in bed

If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse
there’s no shame in rearranging
don’t make yourself feel worse

If a shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you’ll drown
If you haven’t washed your hair for days
don’t throw away your crown

A day is not a lifetime
a rest is not defeat
don’t think of it as failure
just a quiet, kind retreat

It’s ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind
the world will not stop turning
while you get realigned

The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again
you can climb it in your own time
just love yourself til then

by Laura Ding-Edwards


Our grief journey may be filled with hills and valleys, but it is not a journey you will have to walk alone. Tell your story, show yourself unwavering compassion, allow yourself time to heal, take a deep breath, and brave a new path.

Many may be familiar with the literary childhood favorite, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. It is an encouraging read on your path to new heights and facing new challenges. We could all use a little encouragement from time to time. When you are ready, your mountain is waiting, and know that you will be supported along the way!

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” by Dr. Seuss