Thanksgiving is a time when we join with friends and family to express gratitude for all that we have. Indeed for our bounty. But what if you are missing a beloved family member at your table? What if your daughter suddenly died in her sleep the day before graduating from medical school, or your 17-year-old son had jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge, or your 6-year-old daughter had been stomped to death by a horse? How then do you find gratitude for the life you have been given?
These are just a few of the stories I heard tonight at our monthly Compassionate Friends meeting. Sitting with these courageous parents I realized just how fragile this world is. These parents were like me, assuming that the holidays would always be spent with all of our children gathered around the...
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