When You Don’t Feel Thankful on Thanksgiving

November 11, 2022 | Categories: Blog, Holidays

Gratitude is a positive practice that has a host of benefits for our minds and bodies like reducing negative thoughts and physical aches and pains. Each year, Thanksgiving is a collective opportunity to practice gratitude for all that we have. When you’re grieving the death of a loved one, it can be challenging to find anything for which to be thankful. At Rundus Funeral Home, we want our neighbors in Broomfield to know that they are not alone in their grief.

Here are some helpful tips for how to celebrate the holiday when you don’t feel thankful on Thanksgiving.

Write a gratitude list.

This is a great activity to do in the days leading up to the holiday. Get out a piece of paper and write down the things you’re grateful for. If that feels intimidating or tough, try to think of things you appreciate. These can be as simple as having a good week at work, finding your keys when you lost them, or meeting up with an old friend for coffee. If all you can think about is the loved one you’re grieving, write down your favorite memories of them. Journaling can be a cathartic practice for people struggling with grief.


Researchers recently found meditation as effective as anti-anxiety medication in reducing anxious thoughts and feelings. If you can, try to set aside some time to sit in silence every day. Even as little as ten minutes a day can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. After meditating, you may feel more at peace and ready to celebrate with loved ones afterward.

Spend time with loved ones.

Surrounding yourself with those you love, whether they’re friends, family members, or pets, can help boost positive vibes. Take a walk in nature with a friend or make a special breakfast with your children. Try to spend time with people who hold space for how you’re feeling whether it’s happy, sad, or anything in-between.


Grief can be very isolating, especially in the early stages. Volunteering is a great way to shift your focus from your grief to more positive actions. Helping others can make you feel more connected with them and make holidays like Thanksgiving feel even more meaningful.

Contact our staff to find out more about planning a funeral or cremation. We wish all our neighbors a Happy Thanksgiving!

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