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Dealing with loss this holiday season? Help is out there

A deer crossing sign on Los Osos Valley Road near Auto Park Way cautions motorists to watch for strange winged creatures. But the area isn’t really a training center for Pegasus impersonaters — the wing was apparently added by someone with a sense of humor.
A deer crossing sign on Los Osos Valley Road near Auto Park Way cautions motorists to watch for strange winged creatures. But the area isn’t really a training center for Pegasus impersonaters — the wing was apparently added by someone with a sense of humor. Telegram-Tribune

The holiday season can be bittersweet for those who have experienced loss.

Empty places at the table remind us of what’s missing. Songs sailing through the air and scents wafting from the kitchen can also spark unasked-for recollections.

Many of us take a quiet moment to remember those who have crossed over to the other side. We carry their memories and lessons.

In this season of appreciation, I am grateful to have a wonderful family, friends and colleagues.

Even in the best circumstances, the holiday season can be stressful — but there are resources available.

If you or someone you know is dealing with a crisis, SLO Hotline offers confidential, free mental health, crisis and suicide prevention support.

Help is available all day, every day at 800-783-0607.

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