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My free audio book " It's all about.... moving on "

Started by Wendy Apr 1. 0 Replies

Hi, My husband died in September 2017. He was the love of my life. During the last 18 months I wrote a practical book on how it feels and how to navigate through it. This is the link …Continue

Making new friends

Started by Mike. Last reply by Lala Mar 2. 24 Replies

I read a lot about people who have a great support group of family and friends. But my wife was my best friend and my family is far away. So my support group is digital, either online or on the…Continue

Has Anyone had any 'Strange' things happen in your house since your spouse passed?

Started by Shoosie2. Last reply by eightracker Jan 25. 14 Replies

Good Morning EveryoneI haven't had much of a chance to post anything recently, but I do read everything. I just had to ask this question. Two days after my Rick passed, December 20, 2017, I was…Continue

6weeks out and overwhelming sadness

Started by Luv4Z. Last reply by SweetMelissa2007 Jul 20, 2018. 9 Replies

Today I have an overwhelming sadness . Im sure this is not a stranger to anyone on this site. I get so sad all of sudden . I have 4 kids under the age of 12 and they see me crying every day. I try to…Continue

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Comment by Dianne in Nevada on April 14, 2019 at 10:04am

Hello! I'm the Widowed Village Administrator and I'll be hosting a chat hour this Friday to answer your questions and introduce you to our chat room. Hope you'll join me.

5pm Pacific; 6pm Mountain; 7pm Central; 8pm Eastern

http://widowedvillage.org/events/hosted-chat-hour-for-our-new-membe...

Comment by Melissa on February 11, 2019 at 12:19pm

Hi Jija. Thank you. I did the 30 day writing your grief course last year as well. We must have been in the same group!

Comment by Jija on February 11, 2019 at 5:46am

Hi Shelly and Melissa. The book that helped me the most was Megan Devine's It's ok that you're not ok. She also has a brilliant website - www.refugeingrief.com - and very active Facebook page. I also did her 30 day writing your grief course last year - one of the best things I could have done for myself. x

Comment by Melissa on February 9, 2019 at 12:02pm

I read grief books incessantly after Gilbert died. I used them as a lifeline. "Joan Didion lived to write this book." Then I started reading books about bereaved people walking the Camino de Santiago as a way to heal. It really appeals to me, but I know I'm never going to be able to do that. These books did bring me comfort, though. They are soothing to me.

Obviously, that's not for everybody, but I haven't found anything else on what to do after such a loss. If you find anything, let me know!

Comment by shelley on February 8, 2019 at 6:59pm

Looking for book recommendations. I've read dozens of grief books, many helpful.  I loved 'The Light of the World' by Elizabeth Alexander, 'The Year of Magical Thinking' by Joan Didion and many self-help books.  It's been 15 months for me and I'm looking for books about life after, making a life after, figuring out life after, what is life after, is there life after.  I read an article recently about mediocrity and I think mediocrity could very well be a life goal for me.  Looking for things to read.  Need to immerse myself.  Any suggestions?  Thank you!  

Comment by Kimba on January 16, 2019 at 7:43am

Hi Tony,

‘my friends who are widdowed call it The Widows Channel;  but sometimes I am so down that I need to watch something positive.  Last night I planned to see a movie on Amazon called The Beautiful Boy about a family with. Son who is a drug addict.  It was so depressing that I read a book instead.  I am working on being okay alone at night.  I think it is paramount.

i agree with you about having the support of other widows/widowers and organizations like Camp Widow.  I attended last year in Tampa and San Diego and plan on attending in March.  My only obstacle is that I am attending a 7-day cruise called “The Bereavement Cruise” which I went on last year. It is a great experience if you can go.  But, it might be too intense for me togo from one to the other.

Life is still a blur sometimes and for the me the second year is worse than the first.  I’d been warned about that so I wasn’t surprised.  Like you some days are good but there are bad days too.  I’m trying to make myself focus on the good things and good people coming into my life instead of those that are leaving my life.  I started a Meetup Group in Key West Florida called “Widowed in Paradise” and have met some fantastic widows and widowers. I feel like they really get me.  

Have a great day!

Kim

Comment by MidnightBear (Tony) on January 11, 2019 at 7:43am

Kimba - while I am generally careful to admit it, my first year (heck my last 2 weeks :D) was filled with a lot of Hallmark Channel viewings.  For me it was sort of going back to a last connection.  The day I took my wife to the hospital for the last time was the first time in several weeks she was actually feeling like being around anyone.  She had asked me to come watch a Hallmark Christmas movie with her.  We were watching that when it was clear to me she had had some sort of stroke and I had to take her to the doctor.  She didn't want to go, but I convinced her.   Much of the last year has been a complete blur of events for me.  I went from one activity to the next.  When the activities ran out I sort of stood in place staring not knowing what to do next.  

I will be down in Tampa this year for my second time (also second camp), the first was amazingly helpful at my 4 month mark to just start to see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  I find that the people who are there supporting me and here being my community of like minded individuals acts as my anchor.  The tether at least that keeps me from drifting too far off the path.  There are days/week where very little really makes me happy or think of things in a positive way, but always having folks who get it, helps to ground me a little.  

I don't know where you are, but there are several regional groups as well that may be available to you, I sometimes remember to sign up and go to one here and it is nice just chatting with folks. 

Take it easy out there, maybe I will see you in Tampa if you are going. 

-Tony

Comment by Kimba on January 11, 2019 at 5:35am

Hello everyone,

i am new to this website, so just getting to know it.  I lost my husband Don on May 11, 2017.  My first year was a blur, filled with lots of crying and movie watching on The Hallmark Channel.  The second year a little different.  My crying isn’t so loud and my grief is less physical.  My guilt and my anger are gone too.  What is left is an empty space where my beloved was in my life.  Some days I feel okay, but many days I feel lost like I don’t have an anchor to hold me in place.  What has been the best medicine is my part time job as a sales clerk and the company of other widows.  I have been to two Camp Widows and plan to return in the Spring.  And found amazing support.  

I am looking forward to being a member of this Group at Widowed Village,

Kim

o,o

Comment by Monkey on December 16, 2018 at 9:00am

this is my first time on here, i lost my Joe very suddenly, he was 41, on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. I am so exhausted from feeling as though i have to explain away my feelings or lie about how i am feeling or soothing others because they are offended if i dont react how they want me to, to  make themselves feel better. i am just exhausted and i hurt and i dont know where to go from this or what i am supposed to be doing- i am so blindsided and its terrifying. 

Comment by Dianne in Nevada on October 5, 2018 at 11:11am

Hope you'll join me in the Chat Room this Sunday.

http://widowedvillage.org/events/hosted-chat-hour-for-our-new-members

 

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