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The professional volleyball star uploaded family Christmas photos to her social media account and they made sure to include Emmy in them.

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Rasha Ali, USA TODAY Published 11:49 a.m. ET Dec. 27, 2018
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The holidays can be tough for families who have experienced a tragic loss.

Professional volleyball star Morgan Beck Miller and her husband, former Olympic athlete Bode Miller honored their late daughter this holiday season with a touching family photo shoot.

On Christmas, Morgan posted a few family photos to her Instagram account that featured four of her kids and husband all dressed in matching coordinated outfits. There was one picture that stood out.

In the second of the two Instagram photos, Bode Miller is holding a large framed photo of their late daughter Emmy.

The mom shared a heartfelt message about mourning the tragic loss of their 19-month-old while also trying to celebrate the birth of their newborn son.

"We have spent half of the year mourning and attempting to heal the loss of our angel which feels like an impossible battle all while celebrating the birth of our son," wrote Miller. "Normally I would be looking forward to a “fresh beginning” in 2019 but there is no more starting fresh after the loss of a child."

Know the value of face-to-face communication. Very young children learn best through two-way communication. Engaging in back-and-forth "talk time" is critical for language development. Conversations can be face-to-face or, if necessary, by video chat with a traveling parent or far-away grandparent. Research has shown that it's that "back-and-forth conversation" that improves language skills—much more so than "passive" listening or one-way interaction with a screen.

Merry Christmas to our baby girl in heaven. We miss you so much! ........ 2018 has been a year full of overwhelming sadness and overwhelming joy. We have spent half of the year mourning and attempting to heal the loss of our angel which feels like an impossible battle all while celebrating the birth of our son. Seeking normalcy for our children has been our driving force forward. Normally I would be looking forward to a “fresh beginning” in 2019 but there is no more starting fresh after the loss of a child. So here’s to a healthy 2019 full of personal growth and creating many memories with my babies, full of smiles and laughs. Wishing everyone a special holiday season surrounded by loved ones.

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Back in June, the former Olympic skier and his wife shared that their daughter Emmy had drowned . The couple was inspired to make their baby's memory live on by donating funds to promoting water safety education.

Since Emmy's death, Morgan has been grieving her daugher's passing and sharing heart-wrenching updates to her Instagram page, including information about preventing child drowning in hopes that other moms won't experience the same loss.

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