The first festive season without them is always the toughest: dealing with grief during the holidays

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Almost every holiday season after a loved one’s death can be triggering. You might feel lonely even when you’re with family, but there are ways to help you cope with your grief.
Almost every holiday season after a loved one’s death can be triggering. You might feel lonely even when you’re with family, but there are ways to help you cope with your grief.
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Tshego Madia* from Ga-Rankuwa, outside Pretoria, never thought she’d be a widow at the age of 30.

“I had finally married the man of my dreams and we were raising our two beautiful daughters, aged 8 and 5, together when tragedy struck,” she recalls.

Years later, Tshego is still trying to pick up the pieces and get used to life without her beloved husband.

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