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Born in the 40s or Earlier


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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 catmanor on July 8, 2011 at 6:15pm

Thanks for the kind words and the warm welcome. After reading through several posts, it dawned on me (I guess I'm a bit slow) that the reason I'm falling apart right now is that our anniversary is next week. I thought I was doing OK with it...I'd planned some activities to fill the days before and the day itself...but I think maybe I'm turning into a basket case instead.

Maybe I ought to change my picture to this:

Lee- I guess I must mean Family History. I'm interested in finding out a bit about my maternal grandfather's family...marcy

Comment by Lee on July 8, 2011 at 5:33pm

Welcome marcy, you have all the hugs I can give.

If you get started in Genealogy, I mean Family History do you know the difference. :-) let me know.

I have taught research in the past and if you have a question, I will do my best to answer it.

I always taught Genealogy is the skeleton (Name, date, place)

Family History is the meat on the bones.  What did the person look like, what did they do, collecting information about their life.  You get to really know your ancestors when you collect this information.

So much for Genealogy 101.

Like everyone here I am sorry you had to join this sad Fraternal organization but I want to welcome you.

Comment by leslie b on July 8, 2011 at 4:45pm
Well, marcy, welcome. Happy to meet you but sad that it had to be for this reason. I really hope that you can find some comfort here. We all understand and will try to cheer you up when you need it, give you a virtual hug now and then and smile with you when you get to that point. Losing your love is terrible and we all have to learn to live again but believe me when I tell you that you will start to live again. I will never stop loving and missing Rick but I can see a future now and that wasn't always so after he died. So again, welcome and I'll talk to you again.
Comment by catmanor on July 8, 2011 at 4:28pm

Glad to see this "Oldies" group. I'm new to WV and 6 months into widowhood. I lost Dennis, the love of my life for 22 years very suddenly on New Year's Day 2011. He was 63. I'm still hurting and lost...very glad to find WV.


How weird that there's a SF thread running though the posts. I'm a SF person, too, and will be going to WorldCon in Reno and meeting up with 2 of my college friends in August. My fist time to venture out alone and I'm nervous.


Genealogy has always been something I thought I'd get around to...maybe now is the time.


I'm glad to meet you all and look forward to getting to know you better...marcy

Comment by leslie b on July 8, 2011 at 3:50am
Well Lee, I wish you could join our group. We are looking for more men to join all the time. As I said in my comment to you, we have two men in the group. I am not sure why that is. I think men are reluctant to open themselves up to new things sometimes. We have so much fun in our group but I live in London, Ontario in Canada so I'm afraid it would be a little far for you to travel if you live in the US. One of our male members hosted a barbecue in June at his home and we had a wonderful time. I urge you to get involved somewhere in your community. I realize it is still a little earlier in your grief journey but when you are ready there will be something out there for you.
Comment by Lee on July 7, 2011 at 7:18pm

Hi Jordan, welcome to the group.  I am into Genealogy, been doing it for 53 years and would love to see your Viking group. I love historical anything, I live in Washington State and all they have around here that I know of is Scottish Games, Medieval Games and Civil War groups.  You would think that they would have Viking events with so many Scandinavians in the area.

My sister's husband is a science fiction writer.  He has a series of I think 18 books but is still looking for a publisher.  He attends a lot of the science fiction events.

loeslie b can I join your over 65 who live alone group or is it just for you young ladies.  I haven't found the Community Center yet.


Comment by leslie b on July 7, 2011 at 5:09pm

Hi Jordan. Welcome to the site. I do not think you are crazy or weird in any way. I think you sound like a very interesting person. Just because your interests are different than someone else's doesn't mean you don't belong. You definitely belong here. You are doing a wonderful job getting on with your life.

From what you write I can tell that the hole in your life still remains. I also still have that hole and don't expect to ever have it heal completely. I think you just develop scar tissue.

 Keep on pursuing your interests. I think that will help you a lot.

I have started a group in our Community Centre for people over 55 who live alone. We just completed our first successful year and are developing friendships within the group and having social and educational experiences as well. This was my way of getting back into the world and starting a new life. After three years I still have days when life is hard but they are fewer and fewer. I will always love and miss my husband but I have to live my life and I enjoy many things about it now.

So welcome to our little group and I hope you will find it helpful.

Comment by Jordan on July 7, 2011 at 4:11pm

Hi, everyone. I'm just learning my way around this site. My husband and I were together 44 years. In April 2010 we learned he had cancer, and 4 months later, to the day, he was gone. It's been a rough 15 months, as you all know. I wish none of us had to be here, but I'm glad I found you. I am trying really hard to climb out of the pit. Sometimes I slip back, but I keep trying.


I may have gone a little nuts with some of my efforts to make a new life for myself. So far, at least, I haven't done anything I really regret, but some of the neighbors are starting to look at me funny. I have always been interested in the Vikings. A couple of months ago I joined a Viking re-enactment group. So far I have appeared in costume with them at a Sons of Norway banquet and the Norway Days festival sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy in San Francisco.


My best friend is a professional writer who works mainly on science fiction. She has been taking me to science fiction conventions where she speaks on panels and gives presentations on her science specialties. It's amazing to see a hotel filled with people dressed as Klingons, fairies, Storm Troopers, wizards, pirates, and even a very expertly made dragon. My friend wants me to collaborate with her on a novel about a group of time travelers who journey back to Viking times. I'm actually considering doing this!


Does this make me the weirdest person on here? Will I fit in at all? I do miss my husband dreadfully. Mostly I accept that he's not coming back. But sometimes I find that I've put off or neglected doing something because somewhere in the back of my mind, I still think he's going to take care of it. Or I'll come home and unload groceries and find I've bought something I don't even like, just because I always got it for him. I haven't been able to get rid of his things.


So what do you think? Can you put up with an oddball who does have a some things in common with you?


I'm lucky to have some family and friends who stick by me and try to help. But most of them live too far away to see more than once or twice a month, and I'm alone most of the time.

Comment by leslie b on July 7, 2011 at 12:33pm

Hi Lee. First of all, I am sorry for your loss. We here all know what that feels like. My husband and I were married almost 43 years. He passed away three years ago now. I understand exactly where you are coming from. I am 65 years old and belong to a group for people 55 and older who are alone. Believe it or not, there are 20 some women and 2 men!

It is wonderful to have family and friends who care and they really want to help. Let them do whatever they can. I realize they can't understand what you are feeling but at least they are there for you. I have met lots of people both online and in person who have no one who cares and that must be hard.

As far as dating sites and such I have never done that but you sound exactly like me. I really wish there were more men who felt like you. Most women I know, including myself, feel just like you. They would like someone to do things with and just spend time with and talk to. Women do find that men are looking for younger women though. I also feel like you in that I would like to meet people who have been through a good marriage or relationship that lasted a long time. I think that is the only kind of person I could relate to. I was married at 18 and didn't know any different. We were each other's best friends.

It really scares me to think of dating but I also crave a personal connection with someone. What a quandary we are in, right?

In any case, welcome to this site. It is wonderful and you will find lots of good advice and just plain old understanding here. We all seem to go through the same things and someone will likely be able to understand any thing that you are experiencing. 

Hope to hear from you again on here.

Comment by Lee on July 7, 2011 at 10:44am

Hi Everyone,


I am the new kid on the block.  I notice there are no men posting in this group, it means either there are no men over 60 in the village, which I really doubt or they are shy.


My sweetheart of 43 years passed away May 16 and I have been bouncing around like a ship with out a rudder.  Lots of friends and family concerned about me but no one with answers. 

When I went in for my medicare physical doctor said I should get involved with the singles group at Church.  Yes, they have a singles group but they are mostly 30's something looking for spouses.  

I then thought I would go on some of these dating sites to see if I could find a friend.  I didn't want a relationship.  I don't fit most of their criteria, I don't make 50K+ a year, I am not buff, I do have baggage.  Man what a letdown.

The good Lord is watching over me and knows how I am struggling.  I was doing a google search a couple of days ago, I don't even know what I was searching for but I came upon this page where a lady was blogging her innermost feelings.  She laid it all out, her sexual feelings, the fight between what her body wants and what her mind says she should do.  What she wrote I thought is so me.  There was a link to this site and I just had to Join.  I would never have found this without the Lords help.

I am 68 in good health own my own home, etc. and I know at some point I will feel like dating again.  I read one of the earlier posts that the older men were going after the younger women.  Not this older man.  After looking at the dating sites I am going to want to date 1. a Widow 2. someone who was married for a long time to their best friend. 3. someone within 5 or 10 years either side of my age.

Here is my reasoning a Widow will have the same baggage as I have.  They will always love the spouse they lost but hopefully love me also.

I would like someone who was married to their spouse for a long time, that tells me they were faithful to each other and able to work out the problems life throws at them.  Madeline and I were married for 43 years.  She was the only sexual partner I ever had even though I worked in a garment factory with over 150 women, I was never tempted to cheat and I know she was always faithful also.

I will be looking to date a Lady 5 to 10 years either side of my age, that is a given, our life experiences will be similar growing up in the same era. We will have something in common to talk about.

I know I am not ready now with Madeline gone such a short time but some time, some day I will want to date again.  Madeline and I had several conversations that she initiated about how she wanted me to remarry after she was gone.  She started talking about this a year before she passed away and brought it up several different times.  I miss my sweet little gal with the dimples so much. Why did she have to die?



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