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Long-term illness

For those widowed by cancer AND other illnesses or long term conditions that required caregiving.

We now also have a "Long Term Illness" discussion forum in the PERENNIAL main forum. Questions? Widville@gmail.com

Members: 606
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Discussion Forum

I'm Lost

Started by MickeysLove. Last reply by icecream yesterday. 12 Replies

So, 4 days ago marked the 2 month period.  I had joined a support "group" where you go and sit with other people and talk about whats bothering you. I had went 2 times, I'm not going anymore - I…Continue

Grief and release at the same time?

Started by Germaine. Last reply by Vettegirl on Sunday. 29 Replies

I am aware of two different forces acting from within me.  One is the downward weight of grief. The other is an upward energy that comes from the release from caregiving.  After 16 years of part time…Continue

Looking to Put Together Resources for soon-to-be-widowed

Started by Mozzie. Last reply by ebwilkie Oct 16. 31 Replies

I found being the spouse of a terminal person very frustrating.  We were getting care at a prominent hospital, and there were social workers, but I didn't feel like anyone ever gave me useful…Continue

Anyone ever have a sense of peace?

Started by Timetoheal. Last reply by Juls Sep 17. 38 Replies

Has anyone been doing normal chores or random things around the house and had a feeling of calm or peace come over them? As if your loved one is standing there with you or just brushing by you to let…Continue

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Comment by Maggie on September 20, 2014 at 9:17am
I'm on a trip right now with my Brother and SIL, but it's not the same. They go back to their room together and me to mine alone. I feel so lonely and I'm even home sick. I'd rather travel with a female friend at least I wouldn't feel like the odd number. my Roses, how wonderful! A week of some happiness and contentment. Nothing beats sharing your life with someone special, but I fear it will never be in the cards for me...too old, too tired and love and miss my husband too much.
Comment by my roses on September 20, 2014 at 3:01am

My roses

just been looking at the posts have not been on for a while.  So many other things happening in my life.  Still been struggling with financial stuff, and the grief was really pulling me down.  Have been on 2 dating websites, and also having a friendship with someone Wes and I knew for many years but only has a business friend.  That was good in some ways, but the sex issue raised its head and I was not able to cope with that during these last months.  The friendship was good in some ways, and very sad in others.  This last week I had a week with another male friend who was very kind and we gave each other lots of hugs, and held hands when we walked.  Went out to lovely dinners, a french film, walks in the forest,  a botanic park with masses of tulips etc.  We talked about our grief and our beloveds and it was good.There was kindness and  some happiness and it was beneficial to our health, as we both looked better - our  widowed faces looked less - particularly in the eyes.

That's what one week of happiness can do... I still miss Wes so much but as we know we can love 2 people at the same time.  We are both just keeping in touch - just going slowly.  It was amazing as he flew to see me from another State...  Bless you all... keep posting....Sending you much love

Comment by Dave55 on September 18, 2014 at 8:33pm
I found a blog and bookwriter called Solo Traveler at http://solotravelerblog.com/
It written by Janice Waugh who is also a widow and started traveling after her husbands passing. I found lots of good info although I haven't set the sails yet, unless you count next weeks camp widow.
Comment by Maggie on September 18, 2014 at 10:34am
Germaine...I'm in Asheville and I was just googling and found a website for seniors...small groups, pretty much all inclusive...called Globe treks...out of Hendersonville NC. I'd tried to put the link here, but seem not to be able to get that to work..will try later. I do know Road Scholar is a good tour company for all over and they seem to be more adults and focus on education and learning, lectures and the like...gotta get myself to start doing this stuff alone if I have to. Don't want to be on my deathbed someday wishing I had. But it's hard to start in this new life alone after so many years of having that support and care of our spouses. When I'm up, I feel like yeah I can do this, but when I'm down I feel like oh why bother, I'll just be lonely and no one to share the experience with...today I'm up and two days ago I was real down...wish I could just stay up! I thought I'd start out small and go to a bigger nearby city for 3 or 4 days to see the sites, museums, galleries, gardens etc. my closest bigger city would be Charlotte NC. Anyone familiar with Charlotte?
Comment by Germaine on September 18, 2014 at 9:20am

Good for you, suepernova,  If you land in Myrtle Beach or Asheville let me know. I am near travel parks in both places (different times of the year)

As far as having been "to hell and back" ….I agree…except it isn't really "back" is it?  Its back on earth instead of hell but it is a whole new place ….not anywhere we have ever been before….hence the need to take one step at a time, carefully, on this new terrain (once we are able to walk again). All good wishes to those of you just beginning the journey.  I am periodically overwhelmed but then I realize I have tried to take several steps at a time instead of only one. When I slow down and breathe I do better.  Travel groups sound like an interesting idea.  Anyone tried one?

Comment by Maggie on September 18, 2014 at 8:25am
Supernova...you are so right about older couples. One of the couples will surely be like us...just farther down the road. I watched my Mom and my MIL suffer with grief and loneliness before I really had a clue to what it was like. Only now, can I know there feelings. I envy your free spirit to get out there and travel. I feel too old for it now. (67). I know, it's never too late, but I need a place to call home, but I sure would be willing to travel along with friends. My closest friend has a cat and I don't think they travel like dogs. I'd like to know more about the travel groups...I'll have to check it out.
Comment by sueprnova on September 18, 2014 at 8:15am

I am putting my house on the market spring 2015 - when it sells, along with almost everything else I own... I will be buying a new SUV and a trailer.  I love to travel and the dogs and I will embark on a new adventure.  

There are plenty of womens rv traveling groups to get involved with. 

It's never too late to have an adventure.

I can't ever begrudge the older couples. or any couple for that matter.  Sooner or later, they will be one of us.  So I hope they enjoy their life together.  

Gym time...

Peace~ Sue

Comment by idaho on September 18, 2014 at 12:06am

maggie, I feel the same way about travel now. maybe some day when we all feel a bit better, we can all travel together. 

Comment by Maggie on September 17, 2014 at 11:43pm
Wow Jocelyn ..what a great travel plan...how do you hire a driver? Or is this someone you know? We traveled a good bit in this country and there are beautiful places to see. But I couldn't go back to some of them as it would hurt too much. I'm more comfortable going somewhere we had not been. It's odd because I love to travel, see new places and things, but I just can't get up the desire to do it alone, even on some sort of tour because I'd still be alone and he wouldn't be able to share it with me.
Comment by alwayshopeful (Jocelyn) on September 17, 2014 at 11:18pm

Oh, he had a Master's degree in Finance and was an incredibly intelligent man. He just did not want to know about his illness.


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