Thanksgiving is a holiday we truly value here at Copley at Stoughton. That may not be surprising – for many families, it is a time to gather and appreciate all we give each other. I find that families at Copley tend to hug their loved ones just a little tighter for a little longer. Maybe it’s seeing the changes from living at home to moving to a long-term care facility that underlines how precious family can be.
Last year, we talked to residents to see what they were most thankful for, and I don’t think it was a coincidence to hear the word “family” from the vast majority. In a time when a pandemic so disrupted family connections, to finally be able to get back together is a joy beyond words. We were lucky to have technology to help keep those connections strong. Although words and even images are great – certainly better than nothing – there is no such thing as a digital hug.
Yes, this Thanksgiving will be extra-special. We may not be entirely through the pandemic yet, but we feel a whole lot closer to the end than we did a year ago. Although we can’t host our big celebration as in the past, our residents are once again enjoying the holiday activities and welcoming their family and friends for visits. Things may not be quite what they used to be, but we are getting there. And for that, I am grateful.