Understanding the life long impact of grief....
a widow friend posted this on FB
You made it through Thanksgiving. The day has come and gone. Whether it was easier than you expected, harder (or both), the day is over. Often the day after has an emotional release. Rest today where you can. Be gracious to yourself, and tender. This is not an easy road.
It's easy to believe that you don't have anything to be grateful for when you're in the midst of heart-breaking grief or struggle with life, however, I urge you to look closer. Find every tiny detail to be thankful for: electricity, a warm bed, good food, friends who care, on line communities, pets, living in a country you cherish, running water, flowers, frost, sunshine, etc. etc. Most of all, know that the love and essence of your beloved will ALWAYS be with you, ALWAYS be a part of your life and for that, you can be grateful.