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Melissa commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"You have a lifetime of beautiful memories, Riet. I'm so glad they are coming back to you."
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booktime (Susan) commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Riet, this is a good moment for you! Hold it close. It is a rocky path we are on but this feels like you are on a smooth patch. Hugs to you - wonderful memory and one I can totally relate to!"
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riet commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"dear friends, Thank you for your advice, very much appreciated.  I know now I will wait at least 2 years to make big decisions. Fortunately I am supported in this by my children.  Very important you all told me so, because instinctively I…"
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CarLady commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Hi Reit and fellow sister/brother widows. I attended grief counseling after losing my husband to cancer 4.5 years ago.  One of the main suggestions was NOT to make any life-changing decisions in the first 2 years after a deep loss.  It was…"
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Barzan commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Hello Riet,  I'm going to chime in on not making any big decisions the first year.  I had hired several handymen to do some work on the house and yard a few months after my husband passed.  All three took advantage of me because…"
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Tess commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Riet, the advice that Susan is giving regarding consideration of decisions made in the first year is good advice. I wanted so badly to run away as you say. I too didn't know where or how, just that I wanted to mainly get out of my own skin. I…"
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booktime (Susan) commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Riet, I have been feeling your sadness so much. I want you to know that forgetting things etc is "normal". it has been called widow brain which is a kind of ugly description in my opinion. But it does exist and i went through it too. I…"
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riet commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Dear Tess, Thank you for your kind response.  In your and other peoples comments I  can find comfort. Although I sometimes only see darkness.   On this sunny day here in Belgium, my husbands garden is filled with the flowers he…"
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Has anyone had your adult children blame you for their father/mother's death?

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We Need to be Human, Together by Michele Neff Hernandez

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 10:51am 4 Comments

Michele posted these words on her Facebook page this morning and I felt they were important to share here. 

I've been thinking over the past several weeks about hate.

Each time a new attack on humanity is perpetrated, my heart just aches, and a feeling of helplessness looms. How do we combat this kind of hate? When you aren't sure from which corner or from what source violence will suddenly assault your mind, your heart, and for…

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Holiday Management Tips for Anyone Grieving the Loss of Someone They Love This Holiday Season

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 10:36pm 3 Comments

  • Give yourself permission to feel how you feel about a particular holiday, or the holidays in general. Mixed feelings are normal too...you may find yourself okay one day and not okay the next. Try to go with the emotional flow.
  • Don't be afraid to consider doing something totally different for this year or one for one particular holiday. You are living with changes to your holidays that you didn't choose...why not make some you do choose?
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Awkward: A conversation in year 6 of widowhood

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Pet Peeve: Boundaries

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At 6:30am on March 8, 2018, Beansy said…

I meant not concerning.

At 6:30am on March 8, 2018, Beansy said…

Ihave had one message from Cristacoix which was not concrrning beans

At 8:34am on July 9, 2017, Pathfinder said…
My husband passed away suddenly in May of 2016, so it's been just over a year. I didn't think I'd survive the first year. Now that I have, I'm trying to understand what I need to be happy. Right now, without having Greg to share life, dreams, and goals with, I feel isolated and alone. I don't want to let go of the connection that I have with Greg, but I also want to feel alive again. I'm trying to understand how to build a new path for my life without loosing my connection with him. I'm hoping that Camp Widow might be helpful with this. Has anyone found help with this from Camp Widow and/or though any books, therapy groups, etc.?
At 6:07am on January 30, 2017, spiritual dragonfly (Linda) said…
Thank you for the welcome.....today marks 108 days since I lost my husband of 14 years.....he was best friend..my rock..my everything..........he took a piece of me with him when he left...now I'm just trying to find my way to live again...
At 7:07pm on October 12, 2016, Cascade said…

Thanks for the welcome. I am brand new here. My husband of 25 years died very suddenly on December 30, 2015. We have 3 sons, who were at the time 24, 19 and 17. All of the widows I know in my community are 20+ years older than me.

At 7:39pm on January 13, 2016, Barry (widower2007) said…

Hello all, I was here before, but ran into comp problems. My wife passed on Valentines Day 2007.

At 9:35am on November 18, 2015, baranik said…

Thanks for the welcome comments. I am new to chat rooms. I feel like I should have it together but even after 15 years I miss my daughter who drowned while I was at work and my husband died 2 years later from `cancer leaving me with 3 boys to raise. My mother died 3 years latter from cancer. People think I am strong but that is a lie. I force myself to work as I do not have a money tree and to volunteer at different  places other wise I would not leave the house. The sadness is overwhelming at times and I wonder how other people deal with it

At 9:01am on July 1, 2015, Elaine said…
Hi Supa, I'm fairly new to widowed village.org and still trying to navigate the site. I've joined the born in the 40's or earlier. My husband died February 20, 2015..
It's good to have this place to connect with others going through the same thing. Thank you for befriending me.
Elaine
At 4:32pm on May 4, 2015, Sad One said…

Thank you, Soaring Spirits, for the warm welcome!

At 7:23am on February 28, 2015, Just.me said…
I just want you to know that you have made a difference for the good, for me and many others.
 
 
 

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