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Kawboy,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dog.  It seems that so many things can come at us as we travel through this journey.  For all intense purposes I lost my wife at home also as I was here with her alone.  The paramedics were able to restart her heart but she never took another breath on her on.  She was put on life support and by the next morning with all the doctors could do for her, her heart stopped for a second time while on life support and I told them to stop treatment.  What has been so hard for me is that I fully believed we were on a road to recovery only to see it all crash on me in a period of 30 seconds.  There was no time to say good bye.  We had no time to make any plans.  So fortunate for her, in her last few days, she took the opportunity to make everything right between her and God and I know this morning she is healthy and enjoying the great treasures of Heaven.  While that is great and I so look forward to reuniting with her some glad day, that in no way lessens the sorry that I feel today.

Larry

Hi, all. My name is Kristen, and I lost my husband, Paul, on July 6th, 2016, after an 18 month battle with a rare form of lymphoma. Our daughters were 6 and almost 8 years old at the time. Since then, the girls and I moved from Colorado back to my hometown in Michigan. I'm lucky to have very supportive friends and family, but there are times when it would be nice to "talk" to someone who understands what it's like to be a widow. I'm looking forward to getting to know this community a little better. Cheers.

Hello Kristen,

Very sorry for your loss. I have a supportive family also, but widowhood has its only specific challenges that others who have not gone through it just don't understand. Where is Michigan do you live? I was born in Detroit, but grew up in Commerce. I did live in the UP for 4 years while my husband was a student at Michigan Tech. I may end up back there some day.

Kristen,

You have found the right group.  Everyone here knows exactly what you are going through.  I lost my wife, Sandra this January 20th.  While I am not fortunate as you to have personal friends and family support, I have found that those who have experienced this can assist greatly.  I found that friends and family that had not been through this could not understand the slow process that this puts us through and many fell by the wayside.  If you need to talk and say what is on your mind, I will always be available to listen.

Larry

Hi Kristen - I lost my husband June 23,2016 and I also have 2 small children, altho mine were 8 & 10 at the time.  I also have very supportive friends and family, but I know what you mean about chatting with those who actually know what it's like.  I have now passed the 1 year mark and I find I don't cry as often as I did, but it still hurts deeply.  I find things with the girls are so very, very hard.  Like when they get an award at school, or something like that.  It hurts that Dad's not there and I still have the impulse to text him about fun things that happen day to day.

Does anyone know of family grief camps .. 

Camp Kesem is an amazing sleep away camp for kids who have been affected by a parent's cancer. Not all kids have had a parent die, but it's been a great experience for my kids. There are chapters associated with larger universities, so you can find a program in many states. And it's funded by donations (i.e. there is no cost to the family).

Not family camp, but my daughters (9 & 11) are super excited to attend Camp Erin in a few weeks.  It's a camp for kids who have lost a parent, close friend, etc.  The camps are hosted around the nation and best part - it's free.  My girls lost their dad last summer and have not wanted to do any other kind of therapy, but jumped at the chance to go to this camp.  When I told them about it they said, "so all the kids are like us?"  Yes.  All the kids have lost a very close relative - many of them have lost a parent.

https://moyerfoundation.org/camps-programs/camp-erin/

Hi everyone, my name is Kimmy and I'm a very recent widow. I lost my wonderful husband of 8 years suddenly and unexpectedly this past July 4th 2017 due to a fatal car accident. He was 34 years old. Three days later, I gave birth to our first and only daughter. These past couple weeks have been very difficult coming to terms with the fact that I no longer have a future with the love of my life and being a new first time mom. I do have a wonderful support system between my family, my late husbands family and my friends but I am looking for advice and guidance from other widowers. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Kimmy , 

         I am so sorry for your loss. Just know there are really great compassion people here. Prayers to you and your daughter,

Terry  

Kimmy,

I can only imagine what you are going through with the loss of your husband and now being an only parent to your brand new daughter.  This past Thursday I reach 6 months since the loss of my wife after a brief illness.  You will find many people here that will be able to offer you support and information that will help you.  If I can assist in any way please feel free to write.

Larry

Kimmy,

Prayers to you and your daughter. I also lost my husband quite suddenly due to an accident almost 6 months ago, so I understand what it means to have it all one minute, and the breath knocked out of you the next. Do not be afraid to lean on those who surround and support you. Most importantly, take it one day at a time.

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