On November 24th our family suffered a great loss. My husband Dean Griffin passed away. I’m still processing this loss. He was an amazing man, and we had a fantastic twenty-one years together. I feel incredibly blessed to have had him in my life, and to honest, I believe he’s still with me and my son. A few times since he passed, I’ve felt his hand on my shoulder telling me it’s going to be alright.
I write this post because I want to celebrate him, especially on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, I am sad, but I am so thankful for my time with him. So, yeah maybe he isn’t with us physically this Thanksgiving, but there were many others that he was. We always had this tradition at our Thanksgiving meal, we would each say three things we were thankful for, and always his number one was our family.
One of my favorite things about Dean was his smile. I always commented on it, telling him it was as big as the sun. He also gave these amazing bear hugs. You know you were hugged by the time he got done with you. lol…
He was a happy-go-lucky guy who kind of shrugged things away. I always admired that about him, because I always seemed to take things too seriously. But he helped remind me that life was meant to be fun and enjoyed, especially when he got his goofy side going. No matter how serious I was, I couldn’t help but laugh.
One thing everyone could say about Dean was that he had a big heart. He wanted so desperately to help people in any way he could. That’s why he spent over half of his career as an emergency medical worker. It was a very satisfying job to him, but it took it’s toll too. He was extremely grateful for the time off during the pandemic. He managed to do things and explore in a way he never got to before. His last year and a half was the happiest of his life, mine too.
Some of the things he enjoyed was going to the beach, going for walks with me and our dog Bella, talking tech with our son, playing video games, watching anything related to Star Wars, spending time in the backyard in his hammock, laughing at TikTok videos, and doing research on the internet about anything and everything.
He also loved to satisfy his curiosities. He often said, “Don’t get me curious about something, because then I’ll have to figure it out.”
I don’t know what the future holds for my son and I. It seems really overwhelming and scary now that my best friend has left. Dean and I had been a team for so long, I’m not sure how to do it on my own. I know some big changes are coming. One of the biggest things that has helped is the many phone calls and texts I’ve been receiving from family and friends. Thank you so very much. It means a lot.
I continue to ask for positive thoughts and prayers please as we figure out what comes next. And if you feel inclined, we would also appreciate donations to help us through this transitional period of our lives.
Also, give the people you love an extra hug this Thanksgiving. You never known it might be the last one.
Thank you Dean Griffin for being my best friend for 21 years. You are loved and deeply appreciated.