The Ache is Strongest in The Quiet Moments

The hard work of carrying grief during the holidays.

Jacqueline Dooley
7 min readNov 26, 2022

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A mantle displaying holiday decorations: candles, a wooden angel, a silver pine tree, and a glowing star.
Our mantle decorated for Thanksgiving in 2017 — Photo by author

There’s nothing quite like the holidays to remind one of the stark passage of time. At least, that’s what I kept thinking on Thanksgiving as I cleaned my house in preparation for hosting our first dinner since 2019. That was the last year we celebrated with extended family in our home.

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Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss