One year ends and the new one begins.
This year ended with one transition -- my mother died at the end of November. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease and has not known who I was in at least a decade. I really lost my mother long ago but her death is still very final.
The new year will bring other transitions, my son is a senior in high school. He plans to go to away to college in the fall. My daughter will be sixteen in the fall and able to drive herself places. My carpool and taxi service days will be over.