With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to share a poem written by Darcie Sims. If you are grieving this holiday season, this poem is for you.

For That, I Am Thankful
By Darcie Sims

It doesn’t seem to get any better, but it doesn’t get any worse either. 

For that, I am thankful.

There are no more pictures to be taken, but there are memories to be cherished.

For that, I am thankful.

There is a missing chair at the table, but the circle of family gathers close.

For that, I am thankful.

The turkey is smaller, but there is still stuffing.

For that, I am thankful.

The days are shorter, but the nights are softer.

For that, I am thankful.

The pain is still there, but it lasts only moments.

For that, I am thankful.

The calendar still turns, the holidays still appear and they still cost too much. And I am still here.

For that, I am thankful.

The room is still empty, the soul still aches, but the heart remembers.

For that, I am thankful.

The guests still come, the dishes pile up, but the dishwasher works.

For that, I am thankful.

The name is still missing, the words still unspoken, but the silence is shared.

For that, I am thankful.

The snow still falls, the sled still waits and the spirit still wants to.

For that, I am thankful.

The stillness remains, but the sadness is smaller.

For that, I am thankful.

The moment is gone, but the love is forever.

For that, I am blessed.

For that, I am grateful…

Love was once (and still is) a part of my being…

For that, I am living.

And for that, I am thankful.


May your holidays be filled with reasons to be thankful. Having loved and having been loved is perhaps the most wondrous reason of all.


Nancy Weil is a leading authority on humor and grief. She serves as Director of Grief Support for eleven cemeteries and is a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Grief Management Specialist. Through her company, The Laugh Academy, she offers products to ease the stress and pain that grief can bring. Bandages for Your Heart on DVD or CD, Laugh for the Health of It on CD and her new book, If Stress Doesn’t Kill You, Your Family Might, can be ordered by clicking here.

Images via Flickr Creative Commons, D.H. Parks (top) and Adam Kahtava

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