Grief and loss is a natural part of life when one has left work and a wonderful group of co-workers with whom one shared such camaraderie. I've taken steps to increase my energy and centeredness. A personal trainer is putting me through some tough paces and I am talking with a counselor. This too shall pass.
I'd been fighting the grief symptoms when I needed to go with them and embrace it as a natural life event. We shall see how long I can keep my perspective.
Otherwise, we had a fun birthday party for Teddy last week, and are now looking forward to having a simple Christmas celebration centered around the children.
Sending you all wishes for celebrations of your own choice to be filled with light, love, peace and joy.