This is the first Christmas since my wife died of cancer — I'm dreading it

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M dreading Christmas as my wife died this summer leaving me and our children, a girl aged 14 and a boy aged 11.

She had cancer. Her death wasn’t sudden but a huge shock for me and the kids.

I am 44. I am at work but I struggle hearing my colleagues’ plans with their partners and families.

I put on a brave face because no-one really understands.

This is the first year on our own and everything is so raw.

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DEIDRE SAYS: You are bound to feel agonised at the moment.

Arrange, if possible, to meet up with friends or family on Christmas Day but build in time early in the day when you and the children remember your wife and cry if that’s what you need to do.

You will find your mood lifts.

You can find imaginative ideas to help you all through winstonswish.org (08088 020 021).

They support bereaved children as well as their families.

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