"I,too, have chronic health issues which I battle daily and am taking early retirement because of it. I am starting to worry about isolation and loneliness cone May. I can go the whole weekend without ever talking to a single human being. My adult…"
"In Illinois you cannot take your husband's social security pension if you are a widow and a school teacher. Any other profession can but we teachers can not. It's so not fair that my husband paid in for years but that's life."
"Dear dublin53, this was my 6th year too and it was still a hard time. Our anniversary was Christmas Eve so it's a hard day anyway. My kids all came back for 36 hours so the distraction helped but afterwards the quiet is so bad. I have to get my…"
Please don't give up. There are so many of us out here for you. I totally understand what you face this time of the year as not only is it holiday time but Christmas Eve was my wedding day so I get with a double whammy. My kids…"
"I am so jealous of all you who can travel. I have one year left to work and then I will retire. I hope I can find someone who will travel with me. My husband and I had always planned on doing that. I miss him so much and don't know what I will…"
"Thank you for your blog. This is my first posting. As a public school teacher I agree that taking prayer and God out of the schools was a huge mistake. Did it cause the event in Colorado? Probably not but we will never know if somewhere in this…"
"Welcome to our community.... I hope we can keep you company on your journey ahead. Please look around a bit and read this basic introduction to the site. You can find more information about how the community works under "Help!" in the…"
"Welcome BeckyH: I'm sorry for your loss but I'm glad you found your way to this site. I know you will find the same comfort and understanding here at Widowed Village that I have. In the beginning I just read the blogs and posts and…"
Welcome to our community.... I hope we can keep you company on your journey ahead. Please look around a bit and read this basic introduction to the site. You can find more information about how the community works under "Help!" in the navigation bar, and we'll send you a few newsletters with tips and ideas in the coming weeks. If you need a little more help, go to the Home page and look in the right hand column to see the link to a "Help Desk" form. We all use the site differently, but we hope you feel comfortable sharing among us in the coming days, weeks, and months. Big hug!
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Welcome BeckyH: I'm sorry for your loss but I'm glad you found your way to this site. I know you will find the same comfort and understanding here at Widowed Village that I have. In the beginning I just read the blogs and posts and lurked in chat. Post and join us in chat when you feel comfortable. It is nice to be among people who "Get It".
I'm so very sorry for your loss, Becky, but glad you found us. There is caring support and friendship here. Here's a good place to start: Basic Site Info
Join the Groups that fit you to connect to others with similar experiences. Take a look at our Forum discussions where you'll find meaningful conversations taking place. Those 'chirps' you hear when you're in Widowed Village mean people are talking in the Chat Room; stop in some time and join the conversations. I look forward to getting to know you here.