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Joining seven weeks after my wife's death

Started by Neush. Last reply by Widow2015 Apr 7. 6 Replies

We seem to have been blessed.  We had a long (43 years) and happy marriage, jobs that we both enjoyed, two daughters and four grandchildren that live nearby, a home and neighborhood we enjoy.  We…Continue

Unfortunately finding myself here

Started by InsideLove. Last reply by Summergirl Feb 28. 6 Replies

My husband died on Aug 28, unexpectedly..I have a grief counselor- her husband passed away at 47 years of marriage too and so, she traveled this path. I do have a grief group, 4 widows 1 widower.…Continue

Joining the Club that no one wants to belong to...

Started by EarthSpirit (Carol). Last reply by EarthSpirit (Carol) Feb 27. 5 Replies

I am new to Soaring Spirits and this particular group. I find myself here as a result of my beloved husband Ralph’s passing on October 5, 2017. It seems like a lifetime ago, although only 4 months.…Continue

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Comment by Bobbysgirl on September 19, 2017 at 6:00am
Maggie, kindness and inclusiveness are the perfect words. This world would be a paradise is more people practiced it.
Comment by Maggie on September 19, 2017 at 4:34am
Beloved Peach I was shocked when I saw LJ's initial post. I was actually embarrassed by this unwelcome response. I hope you know not everyone feels as she does. We need a lot more kindness and inclusiveness in our poor world today and this includes widows of any age and in any group they feel comfortable and connected to. I'm so sorry this happened to you. Being a widow is the hardest thing you'll ever go through. My heart goes out to you.
Comment by Bobbysgirl on September 19, 2017 at 3:58am
Beloved Peach, I agree with MFARM. I am 78, my sons are in their 50s. My friends ages range from mid forties to 106. Some are widowed,some divorced, some couples. Here at WV we share the same painful bond, and the need to express our pain. Peace to all.
Comment by MFARM on September 19, 2017 at 3:33am
Beloved Peach, sorry for someone making you unwelcome. I should think we would appreciate and be here for any one who has lost a spouse and feels a need. Those things are enough in common. I think we should welcome your input. You are very welcome in my book.
Comment by Frank on September 18, 2017 at 9:27pm

Hi Beloved Peach, Ceilya, and Okbobbo,

It was not my intention to mislead you all. I am "from" Greece NY.  I was born in Strong Memorial hospital back in January, 1945 so I doubt that the building even still exists.  When I was 5 my parents moved from 1115 Monroe Ave in Rochester to Greece and I went to school in Greece NY My HS Class was the first to go through all four grades as they were building the school as we strolled the halls.  I started in the 9th grade and went through all four.  After that I went to MCC or "MC Squared" as we used to call it taking Electrical Engineering Technology.  After that I joined the Navy on 01 APRIL 1965.  Kinda fitting that it was April Fool's Day.  I left the state then and with the exception of a wedding (my sister) and a couple of funerals, I only go back once in a while to visit my brother and sister.

(((HUGS)))

Frank

I live at 10,000' elevation inside the Colorado Rocky Mountains in south Park County CO. The nearest town to me is Como CO, (pop16) a 37 minute drive, one way, over packed dirt/gravel road, to pick up my mail from the POB.  It's considered "Frontier" by the government and there is no mail delivery, so they give us a free POB in the nearest town that has them available.  For me that was Como.

Comment by BelovedPeach on September 18, 2017 at 9:17pm
WOW Laurajay, I guess you told me! I was just excited to see the name of a city that was in my state besides NYC! The excitement got the better of me and I even apologized for it! I had no intentions in joining your group in discussion, but thanks for giving me permission to continue to read your group discussions that are available for anyone to see on the internet, whether you are a member of WV or not! You came across loud and clear in a rude, mean and insulting manner, bullying me back to high school days! It seems that this old soul at 45 has more manners and love in my heart than you do as an elder…shame on you, as everyone here has lost a precious person in there lives and are trying to find comfort, solace and peace wherever they can no matter there age or what group there in! Without your permission needed! I will leave you be with your group. May God bless you with some understanding and some love for others, no matter there age!
Comment by ceilya on September 18, 2017 at 12:24pm

Hi BelovedPeach, I know how you feel with the age of the groups.  I think it is probably because sometimes people in a certain generation can relate to different things like songs, travels, kids, grandkids, movies, etc etc etc.  But since your husband was more in "our" era I have a feeling you may relate as well.  My husband was also older than me and believe it or not I relate very well with the 80 - 85 group.  As for getting involved with discussions I personally don't think this is the place.  This site has been for me anyway to come and vent when no one understands and I know the people  on here will understand.  Also for where I feel connected when others tell me to move on with my life.  My life moves on with or without me present in the moment but here is where I can stop and be honest with my feelings that I, even after 7 years, may be having a difficult day.  

I don't have the opportunity to be on here too often because I work and have other commitments that keep me busy.  But like you I was worried I would come here and it wouldn't be any longer.  We should feel comfortable that this site will be here as long as any of us need it.  So advice from an "old" lady come here and feel safe to share your feelings but don't get involved in discussions.  Unless it is about where to go for vacation or how to make a good NY Italian meatball.

You are between Syracuse and Utica what town?? I hope you have the best day you can.  Ceilya

Comment by Okbobbo on September 18, 2017 at 12:08pm

Beloved Peach, Frank, and Ceilya,

My parents would take me to Rochester every other summer to visit an Aunt and Uncle. One of the last trips I took with my beloved Laura was to Rochester (Greece and Monroe), to visit cousins and with them to Buffalo (Salvatore’s Restaurant), Lewiston to visit the Basilica, and Niagara Falls. As a child we visited Watkins Glen and walked the steps - down! I have many fond memories of those trips.

Beloved Peach - write your post in another word editor and then copy and paste into the posting box. Its so much easier and you can write in a size that's readable.

Comment by BelovedPeach on September 18, 2017 at 11:37am
Frank and ceilya, I am between Syracuse and Utica and I can't tell you how comforting it is to know that there are others on this site that are nearby, as most are from the midwest and beyond, or NYC. I was born with an old soul (I'm 45), without children, and can relate to this group better than any other. My husband and soulmate, passed last November (he was 65) at Strong Memorial. I know because of my age that I don't belong in this group, but I can relate more reading this group, than I can any other group mentally. I have to say that over the last 7 months I have laughed and cried with all that are here in this group. At one point, when an argument arose, I became very nervous as I watched this group start to fall apart and people started to leave. I didn't chime in, but started to feel another loss, as I didn't know what I would do if I couldn't come to this group for some comfort in my own loss. So I thank you all for being here for me in the worst time of my life. I do have to agree that the current chat room is conductive to "younger" people with children and all that that entails. Being a retired "old soul" without children, I have a hard time relating to a lot happening in the chat room, as well. For your benefit, I would suggest that a separate chat room be created for this group or within this group, so that you can discuss things that more relate to your needs and wants. I also wish that they had a bigger comment box that showed more than 5 lines at a time, so that I can go back and reread what I am saying, which would be easier for me to keep me on track with my thoughts. But you can't have everything in life...lol... Thanks again to this group for being here for me when I needed it the most and apologize to anyone that is offended that I chimed in. Thanks and God bless!
Comment by ceilya on September 17, 2017 at 7:56pm

Hi Frank, yes it is the never-ending saga of my roof but hopefully by tomorrow it will be done except for the inside repairs.  I can't take anymore disruption so I will ask that they come back another time to start fixing what was damaged inside.  I am trying to see something positive in all of this but not easy although I like the skylight.  There was very little light in my den and now I have light at least in the morning.    I am from a little town outside of Buffalo.  Lancaster.  I go back every year to visit family and friends.   I usually split my time between Buffalo and Utica where my dad's family is from.   When I was there last month I went on the Miss Buffalo cruise and my cousin took a picture of me at the USS THE SULLIVAN.  I remember as a kid watching the movie of the five Sullivan brothers of which the ship is named I believe.  Yes it is a small world.  Sorry about your wife 35 years is a long time.  Jim and I were married 40.  Sometimes the 7 years seems like 7 days and other times it seems a lifetime ago.  But I still miss him as I am sure you still miss Susan.  Thank you to everyone for being here for each other.  Have a good night....Ceilya

 

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