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Janine (txmomx6)
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What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hope Aug 5, 2014. 116 Replies

I have a question for everyone.  A woman who reads my blog emailed me.  Her husband is dying and she's been reading for a while.  She asked if there's anything that I wished I could have asked Jim,…Continue

 

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Janine (txmomx6) replied to Therese's discussion Moved this weekend in the group Born in the 60s
"I'm so sorry, Therese.  Life really can suck sometimes.  I agree with Mary H. ... there really should be more advocates out there for people who are widowed.Hugs,Janine"
Aug 1, 2016
Janine (txmomx6) replied to Dianne in Nevada's discussion Soaring Spirits Regional Events Q&A
"Hi Doug,I'm so sorry that your mother doesn't understand.  You would think that she can see that you've been on Widowed Village and haven't brought home any "meat" yet!  :)How long have you been widowed? I…"
Oct 4, 2014
Janine (txmomx6) replied to Dianne in Nevada's discussion Soaring Spirits Regional Events Q&A
"Hi!Before someone can become an RGL, we require that they have attended at least one Camp Widow.  It would be great if they also took the informational workshop about becoming a leader while they were there, but that's not mandatory.…"
Oct 4, 2014
Hope replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"Although your friend is thinking of practical issues, which is wise, I do have some other serious emotional wish-I-hads.  My atheist husband said, near the end of his life, "I refuse to believe that we don't go anywhere after we…"
Aug 5, 2014
Hope replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"I think you did have the conversation and that you did everything you could have.  It's just not pretty at the end, in spite of all our efforts.  But you managed very well."
Aug 5, 2014
NoLongerInBergenJC replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"I would have asked "Do you want to go or do you want to come back?"  I had like a 24-hour window where I could have asked this.  But during that early time, and indeed for the two weeks until the dreaded "family…"
Aug 5, 2014
RainSong replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"This is such a great discussion.  I am extremely fortunate...my husband was a planner, and made me sit down with him when things were looking a little bleak and practice getting onto an online savings account ( I still am not sure I can…"
Aug 2, 2014
Hope replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"You are right about the need for privacy when dying.  I was with my husband at the hospital and the 60 last hours were hard to bear.  He was barely breathing as his sister stroked his hair and I held his hand.  We told him that it was…"
Jul 28, 2014
saltypearl replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"I would have asked where keys were to everything and how to operate stuff.  I have no idea how to run the snowblower, pressure washer or a bizillion other things.  I also sold his antique car to his mom, but I have no idea where the keys…"
Jul 27, 2014
widow85 replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"This is a really mixed list: Check beneficiaries on old insurance policies, make sure they are who you want. Go surprised by one of them -- he forgot to change it and I know that was not where he wanted it to go.  Of course get your will,…"
Jul 27, 2014
Hope replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"My wise mother-in-law says the service is for the living.  You can still have one if you decide to, nancyde."
Jul 26, 2014
nancyde replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"Even though my husband's death was sudden, he was super-organized and prepared.  Life insurance policies filed and easy to find and our wills had been taken care of for a long time.  I knew he wanted to donate his body to a local…"
Jul 26, 2014
Hope replied to Janine (txmomx6)'s discussion What's something you wish you had asked before your spouse died?
"I would have insisted that he tell me the passwords to his email accounts.  We received important bills there, and I was unable to pay them, because I didn't know about them."
Jul 26, 2014
Janine (txmomx6) commented on Soaring Spirits's group Camp Widow Alumni
"Nanci,I still experience Camp Crash, and I've been to every one!  For me it hits on Sunday, after most of you leave. I usually stay until Monday or Tuesday, and end up wishing I just went home on Sunday.  I hate saying good byes.I…"
Jul 16, 2014
Janine (txmomx6) replied to Dianne in Nevada's discussion Soaring Spirits Regional Events Q&A
"I think you just start a topic.  It's ok if it's about starting something in your area.  For instance, if you lived in Houston you could start a topic titled, "All Widowed People in the Houston Area", or something like…"
Jun 13, 2014
Janine (txmomx6) replied to Dianne in Nevada's discussion Soaring Spirits Regional Events Q&A
"Hi Marivi,We don't have any groups in Texas yet, though I have talked with someone in the Houston area who might want to start a group there.Keep checking the Soaring Spirits web site because we're adding new groups every couple of months…"
Jun 13, 2014

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There's No Comparison ......

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 8:51am 6 Comments

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...... of widowed people.

None.



It's… Continue

One Year Older ......

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 11:49am 1 Comment

...... or not.



Monday was Jim's birthday. He wasn't here, of course, but it was still his birthday.

I wonder if anyone else remembered?



I almost forgot ...... for a while.

I mean, I knew it was coming ..... I always know that it's coming.

But last week I was in the middle of moving to NYC (part time) and in all of the flurry I didn't think about it while I was there ...... until Saturday. When a widow friend, our kids, and I were walking around the city,… Continue

Ho, Ho ......

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 3:44pm 2 Comments

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...... Humbug.…

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So Year Five ......

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 9:50am 2 Comments

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At 7:49am on September 28, 2012, bj628(Bonnie) said…

Janine I wanted to Thank You so much for chat last night.. and for this site

At 1:39pm on March 16, 2012, Linds said…

Hi J - I finally joined!

At 11:51am on October 18, 2011, CrazyWidow said…
Hey lovely - how are you doing?
At 10:11pm on July 13, 2011, Greggies Widow said…

Thanks for adding me as a friend. Looking forward to meeting you at CW in a few weeks.

Hugs to you sweetpea.
At 10:31am on June 21, 2011, Dianne in Nevada said…

Hope your day is filled with love and peace, Janine.

At 4:58pm on March 24, 2011, Boo said…
Janine, I just noticed that there is a group for "widowed in 2011".  That made me so sad ... but anyway, I've joined the group just to say that if they want to ask questions about stuff they can ... and I know that you are passionate about helping new widows too ... so just flagging it so you can join, if you like?  Big hugs to you my lovely friend xx
At 10:53am on March 19, 2011, A Widowed Father said…
Janine, sounds like somebody is getting excited about heading back to camp already...
At 8:21am on January 11, 2011,
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Desperate? Never! Very excited to have you here. What topics would be most interesting to you?
At 4:53am on January 11, 2011,
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Janine, I'm so glad you've joined us here as we build this new community! Thanks so much -- what an adventure we're on!

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