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Comment by only1sue on May 15, 2018 at 4:07am

For me at 5 1/2 years out it feels now as if life hold little joy. Of course here in the southern hemisphere we are just going into winter so short cold days to look forward to. I have to keep busy to keep from feeling as if life is not worthwhile. It seems easier sometimes to fill all my time and leave little time to think. Sorting through old photos does seem to make me see how different my life is now but there is nothing we can do about that. Those years do seem like the best years of my life for sure . But we have to play the hand we are dealt.

Comment by Timelord on May 14, 2018 at 10:44am

Momof3 I feel the same way.  (By the way - your walk in the woods (may I assume woods?) sound wonderful!

I feel like I'm marking time.  Son just started his life with his GF, and daughter has 2 more years undergrad left...and I am...terrified of growing old.  I don't think I'm scared of death, just growing old.  Don't want to!  

Anyway...six years is...a lifetime....

Comment by Maggie on May 14, 2018 at 10:43am

I'm at 5 years almost and I find the fact that time moves right on along is sad, in a way. Like looking at those old family pictures, even of out parents or grandparents. Time makes it all recede and seem distant and for some reason that really bothers me. Memories stay but fade like an old picture and it feels like you can't hang on to the past anymore. Maybe that's a good thing....a time and place. I also think being alone in nature is healing, even if only for the time. We are all certainly living an altered life. It is hard.

Comment by momof3 on May 14, 2018 at 10:32am

Well, I'm at my 6 year anniversary and feeling like i am NOT doing great. In looking at old family pictures, I see how young our children were, and know that after those last happy years, they didn't get to grow older with their dad. Especially my youngest (now 17 yrs old). Still in therapy. Trying to be "mindful" now. Spent yesterday hiking alone for 5 hours , felt good to just let my mind wander, sang a few sad songs to myself, etc. Just hoping to feel some peace by the end of the day.....

Comment by Patience on May 7, 2018 at 8:32am

Mac, good to "see" you here!  Glad your family is doing well and you are treasuring your beautiful memories...

 I know all of us here in "2012"  are dealing with the 6th anniversary of the loss of our loved ones...  


Comment by Mac on May 5, 2018 at 4:13pm

My children were here today along with their significant others. My daughter got married nearly two years ago, my son is getting married next year. Life is going well for us as a family. In so many ways I feel as if I have achieved all of my greatest goals in life. Cindy and I were blessed with 37 years of friendship, 28 years of marriage and so many amazing adventures along the way. So in so many ways I feel as if all the rest is "gravy" at this point. Time (nearly six years) does heal so very much!

Comment by Patience on April 27, 2018 at 5:11am

Hi Charlene, and welcome to Widville and "widowed in 2012". Glad to hear from you! 

Comment by Cha Cha on April 16, 2018 at 1:52pm

Hello, I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself, I'm Charlene. I am new here and still trying to navigate my widowhood journey. Wishing all a lovely evening. 

Comment by Patience on April 4, 2018 at 2:07pm

Hello All, I've been thinking of our members of this group. Hope everyone is doing was well as they can be.
Laurajay, I've enjoyed watching Downton Abbey too!
In fact I've been watching with my daughter and my mom. We are now on Season 5. I've been impressed with how the show handled the characters who have been widowed, quite a few characters, Lady Mary, Countess Violet, Isobel Crawley, Tom Branson, Lord Merton.... I thought the writers and directors showed much sensitivity....

Comment by laurajay on March 29, 2018 at 4:18pm

Six years  tomorrow  and I find grief lying anew  on my heart.  Not softer, not easier only real- more so as  the  time passes.  I have the wisdom  to understand  this grieving  process  but I've not mastered much skill in six years of how to live  without  him and still thrive.  I see  beauty and  I identify  with  God's purpose to still live my life as He directs me...but  so many  years  of yearning  for  the mutual nurturing we shared is still so hard to bear.  Weary with  well -doing is not scriptural.  Trying  to find a kinder  way of life... one that  keeps  windows opened  even when doors are  shut closed.  Seeking  light.      I pray  as each of you add yet  another year to your loss  your  own  healing  continues...                    love              lj


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