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Posted on August 24, 2013 at 10:12pm 1 Comment

On Friday afternoon I drove S and M to meet the bus that would deliver them to their weekend camp experience.  They would be attending a camp designated for children who have lost a parent, sibling or grandparent.


S has been excited and a bit nervous anticipating this end to summer adventure.  M has been mostly angry about being sent.  So much so that she wouldn't even look at me, say goodbye or allow me to give her a hug.  And then S…


32 Years and Forever More

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 9:43pm 1 Comment

A typical Sunday evening in my former life would find all of us busily organizing for the beginning of the week with eager anticipation so that we could sit down to take in the current episode of the Amazing Race.  It was clearly one of our favorite family shows.


A few years back I remember a task involving opening padlocks scattered amongst thousands on a bridge in Europe (I think?).  I can't remember the exact locale as apparently there are a few in Europe with these…


Matters of the Brain

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:29pm 0 Comments

"But the thing about remembering is that you don't forget."

                                                                                                                     Tim O'Brien…



Posted on July 22, 2013 at 12:19pm 3 Comments

So what should a grieving widow do months from losing the love of her life?  A three day juice cleanse seems appropriate.  I figured a little more torture wouldn’t hurt me.  And if I could make it through those horrible two weeks in January, I could handle 21 bottles of juice for goodness sake.

My adorable yoga instructor conducted a three day yoga workshop and juice cleanse this past Friday through Sunday, promising us lots.  I expected little.  I love my green juices that I purchase…


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At 9:27pm on August 26, 2013, AMA said…

Janet...thanks for your comments.  It is so hard with the beginning of school.  My oldest is starting 2nd grade, my middle daughter starting kindergarten and my son starts preschool.  So many "beginnings".  Dann, my husband, always loved taking the kids to their first day of school.  He would insist on taking them out somewhere special after their first day.  My kindergartener asked where I was taking her for lunch and I was stunned that she even remembered.  So I told her I would take her anywhere she wants to go!  Sorry for your pain.  Anytime you are in Southern California please look me up!

At 9:37am on July 8, 2013, JPSwifeCathy said…
Sorry for the duplicate writings(x3)
At 2:17pm on July 3, 2013, JPSwifeCathy said…

so glad you got to attend camp & find hope & healing!!  cathy

At 11:27pm on June 19, 2013, AD1970 said…

sorry to hear about your loss i am also in the group for suddenly widowed too as i lost my wife on February 19th of this year will also be heading for the 6 month mark too

best wishes

AD (Andrew)

I love your page too

At 10:02pm on May 24, 2013, onmyown said…

Glad you are back. This site is so helpful. It is so hard I know. Thinking of you and wishing you softer days. You have a beautiful family.


At 10:08am on January 29, 2013, Brucer said…

Hi Nutmegsmama,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you!
My sweetie passed on October 16, 2012 after battling ovarian cancer for 8 yrs. It almost seems surreal that she is gone. We were high school sweethearts so I am trying to deal with this emptiness that I couldn't even imagine. I'm even tearing up while typing this but it needs to come out.
I find this site comforting and helpful overall. We all have common thoughts and feelings that we experience on our journey. I find that essentially, what I'm going through, is normal.
If you are comfortable sharing the details of your loss, please feel free to message me if you would like. I'm a good listener.
I wish you the best!

At 2:10pm on January 20, 2013, wannabmartha said…

So sorry for the reason that you’re here but glad you’ve joined us. You’ll find insight, understanding and support here at Widowed Village. We’re traveling the same road together some further down the road than others.  Join a group when you’re ready to get better connected. Participate in a forum and/or chat anytime. If you have questions, feel free to ask. There is always someone around willing to help.


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