Thanksgiving marks the official start of the every holiday season, with an entire day dedicated to giving thanks. We should give thanks on a daily basis, but Thanksgiving is set aside to spend precious time with those we are most thankful for. Unfortunately, the day also brings sadness for many. It can be a day of tremendous heartache and pain.
As is human nature, loss occurs every single minute of every single day of our lives. Those losses occur through death, separation or can even be of an emotional one. Regardless of the circumstance, the reality of that loss can be compounded on a day that is dedicated to togetherness and thankfulness. Thanksgiving will be filled with cheer and laughter for the majority of people, but somewhere, someone will be struggling just to make it through the day. No one can dictate the amount of time one should grieve a loss. We are all different and handle things differently. While there may be an underlying sense of grief and depression in the case of a physical death, it can also an excellent time to celebrate the fact that you had that person in your life and that he or she brought you tremendous joy. Most of our loved ones would not want us to be unhappy because they’re gone. Remember the good times. Enjoy the memories. You can do the same in the case of divorce or any other case of loss.
If you are blessed enough to have family and friends to surround yourself with this season, embrace it. Relish in their presence. Enjoy the excessive eating (don’t indulge too much, though – swimsuit season is not that far away), enjoy the stale, corny jokes! Enjoy those turkey-induced naps! Since none of us are promised tomorrow, enjoy the day you’re blessed with TODAY!