I’m trying to hold it together this Xmas but I can’t get over my sister’s death – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I HAVE been in bits ever since my 15-year-old sister was killed in a car accident five months ago.

It’s extra-difficult as Christmas nears. I am a girl of 17 and have a brother who’s 11.

We used to have rituals like icing the Christmas cake together and decorating the tree.

Mum and Dad are trying to hold it together but I can’t see us wanting to do anything on Christmas Day except cry – which is especially tough for my little brother.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Losing her was a terrible tragedy for your family and nothing will make it OK.

But you will all reach a point where you can appreciate the positives of having had her in your lives.

Reassure your mum and your dad you are OK talking about your sister over Christmas – crying too.

You will then find you can share happy moments too.

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved youngsters and their families (winstonswish.org, 08088 020 021).

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