DALLAS -- The holidays are a time of laughter and joy for most, but it can also be a time of sadness, particularly if you have lost a loved one.

Mental health experts say the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is when depression is most likely to hit.

Bernard Underwood is still coming to grips with the loss of his mother on Thanksgiving two years ago. Strong and caring, Billy Underwood was well loved and is sorely missed.

Bernard said his mother taught him to look to God and his own inner strength to get through hard times, but he admits there were many days he struggled. He shared his story with News 8.

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