OFFSTAGE: Dierks Bentley: The Blessing of Holding Hands

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The Thanksgiving tradition of holding hands and giving thanks will probably feel a little different for Dierks Bentley this year. He lost his dad this summer, and holding his hand while he passed away actually was the blessing. “In an odd way, I’m most thankful for being able to be with my dad, holding his hand as he passed away this year,” he told People Country. His father Leon died on June 1, 2012. He was 88. And the day after, Bentley posted the very moving black-and-white photo of his hand wrapped up in his father’s hand . Two generations of Bentley men intertwined forever. I still can’t look at it without crying. “I’m thankful that with the schedule I have, it worked out that I was able to be there with him at that moment. It’s something you’ll never have back, time with your loved ones when they’re gone,” Bentley said. “As his son, I felt it was a blessing to be there with him.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.