Two Sides of the Same Coin: Saying “Thank You” in Your Grief

I was surprised when I took out the $2 coin from my wallet. On one side, there was the usual head of Queen Elizabeth, but on the other, was a sticker the size of the coin that simply said, “Thank You”.

When someone dies, there are two sides to the story. One story belongs to the deceased. The other is your story in your relationship with them, which is equally important.

If you are fortunate, the one who has died was able to share how much you meant to them. If not, you may be left hanging and feel like you didn’t get to connect with them as you had hoped before they died.

Do you ever wonder what kind of difference you have made in a person’s life or if you were important to them? Do you wonder if you had made a significant contribution to their life?

There are two sides to a coin. I wonder if many people who have died had wished they had said a final thank you for your involvement in their life.

Think back to the moments you spent with this person – what do you think they would say about your relationship with them? What words would they use to express thanks to you? Then think about those around you now and what you might say to them in gratitude for your relationship. Why wait until you’re gone.

“Thank You” is worth a lot in a grief journey.


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