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I’m a long-time writer and a short-time widow. I want to share my thoughts and experiences of being single in my 50s after being married and raising kids for 28 years. It’s not the journey I signed up for, but the one I’m living with. I hope I can offer up some thoughts for those in a similar boat.

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My wonderful world of women friends

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 7:37am 0 Comments

What would I do without my girlfriends? They have always been very important, and I put considerable effort into keeping lifelong pals along with cultivating new ones as I’ve moved through my adult life.

But at no time have my friends been as vital to my well-being as the last three years. When Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer and our world fell apart, women friends (including my sister, sister in laws and cousins) swooped to help me cope. They…


Grief leads to a broken heart -- literally

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:38am 4 Comments

2014 starts, and I’m convinced this year will be better that the last three. I have a nice New Year’s Eve and a more positive, overall feeling about my life moving forward without Tom.

Then the other shoe drops.



Is the second year harder than the first?

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 8:31am 2 Comments  (This is my url. I have many entries in chronological order. I started the blog in January 2014.)

About a year after Tom died, I felt a bit of relief from grieving. It was my goal to get through that first year, thinking I'd feel better afterward. Well, I felt the weight of the sadness lift and, shortly after, embarked on a few adventures out of my comfort zone.

Initially, this felt good, and I…


Cry me a river

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:14am 2 Comments

Before Tom died, I hardly ever cried. Even when he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, I didn’t cry much. He was crying a lot, and I felt had to be strong and positive, or he would have felt even worse. I tried to offset his crying by not crying. When I did cry, it was in my car, alone, when it was dark.

Now I’m a sap. I cry at the drop of a hat. I can be fine, and suddenly some small occurrence, a memory or song, and conversation will…


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At 5:36am on April 2, 2014, JPSwifeCathy said…
Kinda sounds like we are in the same place! I start year #3 in three more weeks!
Was year # 2 harder for me:: ??? I don't know--loneliness is really setting in but it's better in some ways::haven't had any men to deal with yet.
At 7:21pm on March 28, 2014, EternallyYours said…

Welcome to Widville, lifeafterwidowhood. I'm so very sorry for your loss, but glad that you found us. You'll find caring support and friendship here.

Here's the best place to start: Need help using the site? Ask here!  You can join the Groups that fit you to connect to others with similar experiences. Share your story. Take a look at our Forum discussions where you'll find meaningful conversations taking place.  I look forward to getting to know you here in Widville.


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