Connecticut family turns grief to gratitude: “Invite someone to Thanksgiving, listen and do something positive”

Amy Christie

After losing a husband and a father, a Connecticut family came together to write a tribute in favor of Thanksgiving.

Not only is it their favorite holiday, but they also wanted to help everyone else going through the grieving process to focus on staying positive, and the things that can make all of us feel grateful.

What are the details?

The Isacs have been hosting Thanksgiving for 19 years in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. Peter and Nadine were the hosts along with their sons PK, 27, and Christopher, 25, according to The Epoch Times.

“It has always been our favorite holiday. It’s really just focused on family, along with the concept of gratitude, which has always been very important to us,” Christopher shared with the outlet.

Unfortunately, last year brought a very different holiday after Peter passed away in August.

“We not only had Peter’s empty seat, but other family members who had been celebrating with us for years could not come because of the pandemic—and we were very aware that that was the case for so many other Americans. We knew it was going to be a tough one,” Nadine recalls.

As the three of them sat around the table for Thanksgiving, they came up with an inspiring initiative.

“We all tend to claim the idea as our own, but I think Christopher might have said: ‘You know what? I could write a book on Thanksgiving.’ And I said, ‘Why don’t we?’ And off we went,” Nadine said.

They used this opportunity to gather up memories and share what makes this holiday amazing.

“My earliest cooking memory actually is on Thanksgiving, chopping up the garlic, the onions, and the carrots and celery for my dad when he was making the stuffing,” Christopher said.

The book is called “Gobble: The Quintessential Thanksgiving Playbook,” and it was released as a tribute to Peter and on offer to everyone else to borrow family traditions and fit with their own.

“I’m not sure we would have gone all out if it wasn’t for the book. It’s been a great project for us to pay tribute to my husband, but also channel our grief and do something positive,” Nadine explained.

“For those who are grieving—and God knows, there are millions of Americans who are in the same place as we are, with an empty seat at the table, many more so than previous years because of COVID—maybe they will be inspired to take that grief and do something positive with it. Writing a book is a big thing, but it could be just being inspired to call someone that they haven’t called or to invite someone to their Thanksgiving who they hadn’t included before, or who has maybe been going through a difficult time. I do think that we were inspired to write this book, and we all think that it was much bigger than ourselves. I think for people going through the grieving process, we’re all inspired to do something if we listen close enough,” she added.

And with each Thanksgiving that comes, “the gratitude becomes more and more important, it matters to be present, and just recognize how precious this all is,” Nadine concluded, encouraging everyone to look on the bright side of things and try to find the good in everything.

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