Our children didn't follow a traditional straight line, and they still don't. In their current lives as fathers, they eschew much of cultural dogma, and stand their ground with definite ideas and principles. We didn't trace a straight line for them, so we couldn't expect them to follow one. Yes, it is hard to leave them be when they face the adult world threshold after high school. One has to let go, take a leap of faith, trust that you have done your best, and hope they figure it out successfully their own.
If your daughter had a life-threatening physical illness, your support system would gather around you and help. Fortunately, there's a wonderful organization called NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that provides support for friends and family of the mentally ill.
In a perfect world, the holidays offer the best of times filled with warmth and companionship. We luxuriate in the love of those who mean everything to us. When a loss occurs, not only are celebratory patterns threatened, but suddenly it becomes painful to negotiate a regular day.
This is the time of year when the week of Thanksgiving truly eases us from fall into winter. Thanksgiving this year is on November 24, 2016, on the fourth Thursday in November. It's a day of gratitude and giving thanks for Americans, and coincides with the changing of the seasons from autumn to winter.