Whether your loved one died near this holiday or in years past, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a trying time for anyone who has experienced loss. In last week’s blog post, we discussed ways to process grief during the holidays. We offered suggestions for navigating the period between November and January in ways that may help minimize your pain. This week, as Thanksgiving approaches, allow us to take that advice one step further. One way to address the profound sense of loss that so often accompanies death is to focus on thankfulness. Despite your loss, actively seek reasons to be thankful.
10 Reasons to Be Thankful Even When Life Isn’t a Bed of Roses:
- Losing someone you loved can remind you how precious life is. Try to remember not to take a single second for granted.
- If your basic needs are met (food, shelter and clothes, that puts you in the minority worldwide.)
- You live in a free country. No matter your politics, if you live in the United States, you enjoy a certain measure of freedom. Embrace it.
- You can take joy in simple pleasures. A sunset. Music. Puppies and kittens.
- The kindness of strangers. Has anyone ever paid it forward for you at the drive thru line? Have you ever done the same for others? Do people open the door or smile as you walk by? Be thankful for the little things.
- Your mental capacity. Even if you don’t consider yourself the sharpest crayon in the box, if you are reading and understanding this blog post, your mental ability should not be taken for granted. If you owe some of that wisdom to education, be thankful for that!
- You have loved and lost. As they say, doing so is better than never to have loved at all. The fact you are trying to move on is a big deal. Be proud of yourself!
- Love it or hate it, tech plays a role in 21st century life. Instead of complaining about the associated headaches, try to enjoy the luxuries it affords…books at your fingertips, albums at the ready, photo albums on demand.
- This moment will never come again. Be thankful for it. Savor it. Don’t let it pass without notice and appreciation.
- You were born. You’re still alive. Some people aren’t. But that’s okay, because none of us gets of this alive. The trick is to make the most of the time you have while you’re here.
This Thanksgiving and always, we are thankful for you!
About Foothill Funeral & Cremation in Glendora, California
Whatever you believe about what happens when you die, we can take care of what you leave on earth. When the time comes, if you so desire, we would value the opportunity to help you pre-plan for yourself or a family member or friend. Feel free to contact us now to pre-plan your own memorial or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Our relationship with United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart provide great places for mourners to host funerals and memorials. You’ll love the grandiose yet intimate settings in both locations.