congratulate (v.)Someone wrote me a note that included both sympathy and congratulations after I shared Alaska's story. At first I was taken aback by the congratulations, but I realized that this person was exactly right. I am proud of my daughter. She brings us love and joy. Her addition to our family is special, a blessing.
- give (someone) one's good wishes when something special has happened to them
- feel pride or satisfaction (congratulate oneself)
I am sad, broken, and scarred. I celebrate anyway.