How are you coping with loss this holiday season?

Melody Ng
Public Insight Network
Child carrying a Christmas wreath to a grave site

Kylie Ghalelle, age 8, carries a Christmas wreath to place at a gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in December 2009. (Photo by Win McNamee | Getty Images)

I’ve been thinking a lot about grieving in the midst of the holidays this year, because an unusually high number of people in my life are dealing with the loss of loved ones.

Holidays are difficult for so many people because of who is missing from around the table. If you have a story about how the holidays are different for you this year, we invite you to share your experience.

Has a death or a serious illness taken some of the joy out of your holiday season? Or are you trying to make this year’s holidays particularly festive — perhaps because you know that this may be the last you might have together?

Please tell us about how you’re coping with or celebrating through loss.

Thank you for your time. We may share — with your permission, of course — some stories and advice on our website.


Melody Ng Analyst
Public Insight Network

As a Public Insight analyst, Melody Ng's job is all about finding out what people know, and then putting their experience and expertise to work making great news stories. She's particularly interested in getting diverse perspectives and voices into the news. So if you don’t hear people who think or sound like you in the news, then: Tell us what you know here. And come on into our newsroom!

Melody got into journalism through an internship with documentary unit American RadioWorks when looking for a different way to use the skills she had learned through doing science.