The holidays can be an extra psychologically painful time of year when you've recently lost a loved one, or when you live far away from those you love the most.
All of the messaging about family time during the holidays and holding on to those you love can only intensify feelings of loss and loneliness. So, it's extra delightful to read stories about people pushing past time and space to connect during the holidays.
For one father named Hal, spending the holiday with loved ones required extra effort this year. Since his daughter Pierce works as a flight attendant and wasn't able to get the holiday off, and his wife passed away earlier in the year, Hal decided to buy a total of five flights so he could spend the holiday with his daughter.