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Dating Again for those Born in the 60s

Started by Mary H. Last reply by Mary H yesterday. 214 Replies

We can all understand the heartbreak others feel on losing their spouse, regardless of their age.  We know that the youngest, still overcome by the overwhelming rush of new love, feel keenly cheated…Continue

Learning to do the things that my Husband always took care of

Started by HillbillyWitchDr. Last reply by adoption1964 (Kim) Jul 5. 14 Replies

It has been nearly two years since my Husband died suddenly, and I find myself putting off doing simple things that I need to take care of. There are so many things, like going through his model…Continue

Brain fog?

Started by Liss. Last reply by Nance63 Mar 18, 2017. 11 Replies

At 56, my brain has enough mileage to wear off some of the tread, even before the loss of my husband this August. After his death, though, I find it so much harder to remember details, make decisions…Continue


Started by bobmac. Last reply by Pelican Aug 30, 2016. 76 Replies

ok,  nothing ventured,  nothing gained.    if you're interested in getting together for a weekend of 'movies on the couch',  add your forum name, your location, your ability/desire to travel…Continue

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Comment by Nickdanny on October 20, 2017 at 9:19am

I have been widowed going on 4 months and like all of you it has been a struggle. Nothing or no one seems to fill that void. I have two teenage kids and I try very hard to show them a brave face but sometimes they can see through my fake bravery. What gives me comfort right now is having people like you to share my grief with. I believe that everyone here knows exactly how I feel and I do not need to explain myself. I am going to keep reading all of your comments and hopefully one day I will be able to offer words of comfort to someone in this group. Thank you for being there.

Comment by b2 on October 20, 2017 at 9:00am

ibelieveinyou- i widowed 14 moths ago my husband said the same thing to marry not to stay alone once he is gone. At first that was just out of the question especially since I was also caring for my mother at the same time. My mom passed away 3 weeks ago and at times i am surprised at my self. if my husband was around i would be leaning on his shoulders in tears. Since he is no longer around i find that i am stronger than i anticipated. i wonder if its my husband that is holding me up. he was my tower of strength My husband and i liked reading books on Buddhism . Is there a particular reading  of Buddhist writings that talk about letting go as it relates to attachments that you feel possibly helped you emotional. i find that some writings regardless of denomination can be comforting, refreshing and logical. I sure do miss my husband. I am trying to move on as they say but my heart is not in it. especially since i just buried my mother. 

anyone have some words of wisdom out there. I am 53 and feel i should be a tower of strength but i don't feel that way. From time to time I look out to my surroundings and think--no husband no parents no children and  no siblings. Now i have an idea of how my husband felt before he passed away. It is a pretty lonely feeling.. i am thankful for being able to hold and kiss his hand when he gave his last breath. A life altering moment. 

Comment by adoption1964 (Kim) on October 19, 2017 at 11:54am

Thank you for the responses, this is quite comforting.  I can relate and have done many of the things you speak about here.  I have a therapist now been 4 times I think, cried 3 of the 4 the whole time.  She  is looking at me telling me it is ok, my head says no it's not.  Why am I crying.  then it dawned on me I lost my beloved husband on May 2, 2017 after 15 years of marriage.  He was truly my soulmate.

Comment by Nieta on October 19, 2017 at 11:13am

Dear adoption1964,

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.  I lost my husband over 3 1/2 years ago and, while I am now able to function and cope better, it was not an easy road to get to the current part of my journey.

I vividly remember crying quite a lot.  I'd walk about 1 1/2 hours over a bridge to and from work that first year because I figured that no one would pay much attention to me and, it was a physical distraction for me.  I also remember each step, breath and glance feeling as if I was taking a bullet with each and everyone.  Everything reminded me that he was physically gone and not coming back.  In short, I was utterly destroyed to my very core.

I could not do enough things fast enough and a couple of neighbors once commented that I seemed manic, as if I was trying to run away from something.  I was actually hoping to get as much into my life in an effort to run "to" my husband.  There were also times at work when someone saw me starting to tear up and, before they could ask me anything, I put up my hand, shook my head and ran past them as I ran to lock myself into the handicap bathroom to burst into tears.  I spoke to a priest and I went into therapy for the first time in my life and each time I went into what happened, I'd start crying and could not stop. 

The first year was absolutely awful and, in some ways, the second was worse.  I had taken a short leave from job at one point and when I returned, one of my colleagues asked if I was okay now.  No, I was not okay - this is not something I will ever "get over."  That being said, it is something I have learned to cope with so that I can function.  Some days are better than others and some days can still be awful. 

This is a journey with no map or instructions.  Hence, there is no normal.  While there can be similarities, each experience is unique to the individual.  You are not weak - you are grief-stricken and tears and pain are the price of love.  It can be both a physical and emotional pain at the same time.  There are healing individuals out there that will let you cry and talk to your hearts content.  They are not always easy to find but they exist.

This site has been a sanctuary for me.  Sometimes I just read posts for comfort because it is easier to relate to people who "get it."

Wishing you peace of mind, courage and strength as you travel your journey.

Comment by KMA2106 on October 19, 2017 at 10:56am's 18 months(wow, I can't believe I'm saying that)...I was crying in my car today...I actually don't care what other people think...I don't believe there is a right way or wrong way to grieve..I invite anyone who wants to judge me to walk it in my sucks. I'm doing it but it's hard emotionally. Time does not necessarily make it easier, it just makes it different. Please go ahead and cry. It's truly ok . Take care of yourself. I too worry what others think..."am I doing this right? Is it ok that I've gone on a date? That I don't want to be a third wheel in my kids marriages? I going to be that women that came to all the functions with my kids? ". Then I realize I have to take care of me first..if I want to ball up in the corner and cry I will do so, if I want to go on a date and laugh, I will do so.I'm nobody's priority, my parents are gone, my best friend is gone. I am making myself my priority.
Comment by IBelieveInYou on October 19, 2017 at 10:51am

Dear adoption1964,

Generational generalizations are just that, generalizations! You are not a generalization, you are an individual. In a few days, the second year anniversary of my beloved wife's death will be here. You are only 6 months out. When I was there, I cried all the time. I still cry everyday for the loss of my wife. The person I was no longer exists so I'm discovering who I am - without my life's partner. Crying makes some uncomfortable but it doesn't matter. Let the tears flow. As you say, being widowed is very hard. Find a few friends with whom you can cry. I have one adult friend like this. We get together once a month and I cry and cry. From what you write, you don't sound like you are out of control;  you are in pain. It's okay to be weak! You will find strength. Give yourself time. Ask for the help you need. I will be thinking of you today and wishing you well.

Comment by adoption1964 (Kim) on October 19, 2017 at 10:22am

A question for those here in this group.  We were all born in the 60's; it is my understanding this generation really didn't show a lot of emotion ie: we don't cry in front of people.  Is this a misconception on my part.  I lost my husband this year and I cry all the time.  I am going into my 6th month of forced widowhood and I am accepting some but not everything.  Being a widow is so hard, but what I am finding is crying and showing emotion about the loss is so uncomfortable to me and to others.  I feel out of control and weak which doesn't help, then crying over the smallest things in public doesn't help.  Is this normal?

Comment by Fluffycat52 on September 24, 2017 at 8:38am

Hi everyone, I have been reading different comments we all have one thing common we have lost someone close to us it is difficult to cope without our loved one especially if it is our Spouse so we really don't get over it we try to get through each day One Day at a Time, this is also a very beautiful song too. Me and my Dad had been through 4 losses last year it had been a very sad year for us my Dad lost 3 siblings he had left last year plus my husband I had been married to for 21 years we have a 22 year old Son we were very Blessed and I am still am with good in-laws they took care of our Son since he was a baby I am very grateful to them and to my Dad he let me come live with him after my husband passed away, although it has been a hard year I am learning to cope with God's help I feel it was meant for me to come live with my Dad until the Lord calls him home he will be 94 on the 27th of September and I will be 52 on the same and my Dad are trying to live our lives until Christ comes back to Earth until them we try to be like Jesus and help people all we can, I am still also trying to find a New Normal still working on it right now I will live with my Dad and work until I retire which will be 7 and a half more years. Hope everyone has a good week coming up. Your Friend, Lisa C

Comment by mls64 (Mike) on September 3, 2017 at 8:38am
WOW, it's sadly nice to hear from you ! I'm right handed and deal with the same thing. Going out is frowned upon... I know what you mean !!!
Comment by JustMeNow on September 3, 2017 at 8:33am

@mls64 and @IBelieveInYou... spot on!  I lost my husband over 3 years ago.  We met late in life, and were meant to grow old together.  Until he got cancer.  We were only blessed to be married 4-1/2 years before he passed away.  But, he loved me, flaws and all, and I loved him dearly! 

@mls64, I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor last year.  My left hand shakes like crazy.  I don't even like to go out and eat with friends anymore because eating is difficult. I sometimes have to use my right hand (I am left-handed) to lift my left hand to my mouth to avoid my food flying off my fork!  As I try to type this my left hand is going spastic.  Quite challenging!  

Fourteen weeks ago, I went through valve replacement surgery for a birth defect that was discovered when I was 38 years old.  I am 52 now.  I am doing well with recovery, but I now have several scars - including a nice 5-inch "zipper" on my chest.  Though my zipper is a hard-won battle scar, it still leaves me in a state of deep self-consciousness.  

Mercy.  Thank you for your posts! 


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