Thanksgiving is about family, most of all. But if you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know how the holidays can be bittersweet.
As many of you know, I lost my father earlier this year. Although It can be difficult, especially around the holidays, I’m overwhelmed with the love and support the Copley at Stoughton community has shown me since his passing. He touched the lives of so many people – more than I even knew. I would like to thank all those who took the time to send me their well wishes. It’s been a great comfort to me and the rest of our family.
Losing my father doesn’t mean I have less to be thankful for. I’ve heard from others who have lost family before the holidays that it makes them cherish the people in their lives more. Appreciating the present more and realizing what you have are more examples of those bittersweet feelings.
Here’s what I’m thankful for this year:
- The fact that I got to spend time with my father in his last days, which he spent at Copley at Stoughton.
- The opportunity to speak with others about the holidays with greater understanding.
- A new appreciation for the holidays.
- The love and support of family, including my Copley family.
So, from the bottom of my heart, Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Make it a time to celebrate the family you have in your lives and the people closest to you.
If you’re Thanksgiving is bittersweet as mine is, I’ve found it helps to focus on the “sweet” whenever you can. Honor the memories of your loved ones who have passed by enjoying the people they loved before and who are still around you today.
– Steven Tyer