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Lisa ( Marielee)
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Lisa ( Marielee) commented on jlb's blog post Who to grieve?
"You loved therefore you grieve. Yes all you say is true but feeling betrayed is so devastating. My husband took his life also , even though there were no hidden secrets I felt the betrayal of him not sharing what he was feeling and wondering if I…"
Jun 19, 2015
Lisa ( Marielee) commented on CandJ02's blog post Getting Harder With Time
"There is no denying that we have to make major life decisions when our lives are turned upside down. For me 4 moves, 3 job transfers, new car , dating and remarriage in 5 years. It is so hard and at times I felt no joy in making some of these…"
Jun 19, 2015
Lisa ( Marielee) is attending Dianne in Nevada's event

Widville Meetup at San Diego Camp Widow at San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

July 23, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm
If you're arriving early, please join us at the pool bar starting at 4pm. It's a great opportunity to meet other Campers before things get started on Friday. It's casual. Just stop by and introduce yourself and you'll find some new friends! There's no real ending time ... the group just ends up moving onto dinner. ALL are welcome!!See More
Jun 19, 2015
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GretelParis left a comment for Lisa ( Marielee)
"Lost my husband 3 months ago. Feeling very lost"
Mar 8, 2015
Lisa ( Marielee) commented on ShelisJenkins (TiffanyLynn)'s blog post My Mother in laws new keepsake
"love this idea:) Thanks for sharing"
Dec 29, 2014
Mariposa commented on Lisa ( Marielee)'s blog post Life ! Chapter's 2,3 & 4
"Inspiring story. Thanks for sharing."
Jul 1, 2014
Lisa ( Marielee) commented on Mac's blog post The Wedding Weekend
"Weddings are so hard Mac - But I am so glad that you had such wonderful memories to cherish with Cindy and enjoyed the gift of the blooming Irises! I know how something like that can touch us in such a special way. Wishing you many more days of…"
Jun 30, 2014
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Dianne in Nevada commented on Lisa ( Marielee)'s blog post Life ! Chapter's 2,3 & 4
"Ah Lisa ... for all you have endured your wonderful, kind, compassionate heart continues to shine so brightly.  I'm sorry that our circumstances caused us to meet here in Widville in 2011, but so very grateful for the friendship that…"
Jun 27, 2014
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Enzo commented on Lisa ( Marielee)'s blog post Life ! Chapter's 2,3 & 4
"Thank you for sharing Lisa, I really appreciated your story and my heart is with you. I really needed to read this. Thank You Cain"
Jun 26, 2014
Lisa ( Marielee) commented on sugr-plum (shelly)'s blog post So Very Tired
"Shelly - What you are experiencing is exactly "normal" at this stage in your journey. Grief does weigh us down - it is so emotionally ,physically and spiritually draining. I think your body had to release- that is why the crying . I…"
Jun 19, 2014
Lisa ( Marielee) commented on Marivi 90804's blog post Still Can't Believe He's Gone
"Yes You will be ok - Maybe not fine ( which is a word I refuse to use anymore) You will be forever changed from the unexpectated loss of your love but you will heal and live life worth living. I encourage you to keep coming here ( can't believe…"
Jun 10, 2014
Lisa ( Marielee) replied to Dianne in Nevada's discussion Who's going to Camp Widow West 2014 in San Diego? Let's get acquainted!
"Hi Miamay -  Wow - you are amazing to reach out this soon . I believe the sooner a person reaches out the better they are able to navigate this journey. You are doing exactly what most widows/ widowers would recommend on this site. Take one…"
Jun 10, 2014

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Life ! Chapter's 2,3 & 4

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 8:16am 3 Comments

I read recently that remarriage after widowhood is sometimes referred to as "Chapter 2".   I can identify with that . This is my chapter 2 of love but in the span of my life I think I am on my "Chapter 4".  Let me explain a little bit ...  I was born to a unwed mom of 15 . Raised by my grandmother without much money but really felt loved .   During my childhood I dealt with several emotional and physical issues brought on by my family environment.  I left home at 18, moved across the country…


Showered with love and blessings :)

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 9:52pm 5 Comments

Tonight I sit here on my one month anniversary of my new marriage.  My life is wonderful right now but it was a long time coming to this point.  Life is hard and we aren't promised smooth waters but I never could have imagined the depth of grief or loss that I experienced with losing my husband Don almost 4 years ago.  It has been a journey that has changed me forever. It isn't over - I believe our grieving is forever , just the intensity changes, eases, but our loss is always present.  I…


Home Too Soon

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:59pm 5 Comments

On July 19th it was 3 years since I saw Don last. Three years, how can that be? The time has passed so quickly and so much has changed in our lives since then. Don was loved and respected by many. His dear friend and my best friend wrote this poem this…

Choosing happiness :)

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 7:24pm 9 Comments


When my husband died almost three years ago - I never imagined that I would ever choose to be in a relationship  or try this thing called love again. The first two years were long and hard filled with uncertanity , grief ,fear, sorrow and at times anger. I had lost so much and had given so much to my marriage for 27 years. My husband committed suicide July 19th, 2010.  There was no warning ( that I could have realized then) now I know in hindsight there were signs and subtle hints…


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At 3:12pm on March 8, 2015, GretelParis said…
Lost my husband 3 months ago. Feeling very lost
At 9:56pm on April 29, 2014, Msmtpf said…
Thank you for your kind words, my husband left us September 2013, still trying to understand why? He wrote to try to explain how he was feeling. It's a lot to come to terms with.
At 10:37am on March 19, 2014, Bruja said…
Thanks for the friend request Lisa xxx
At 11:34am on July 29, 2013, JimB said…

Lisa, Thank you for adding me as a friend.  I felt good after my first visit to the website . It seems like WidowedVillage is a community of caring and supportive people.



At 6:09am on July 26, 2013, Lonely Artist said…

Thanks for the friend request, LIsa---I'm glad that I have found all of you---Joy

At 4:32am on January 10, 2013, Midlo777 (steve) said…
Thanks Lisa
At 3:33pm on November 15, 2012, HeatherHP said…

I'm so sorry I missed your retreat.  I didn't log on in enough time to see it.

At 9:52pm on November 14, 2012, D&D (Debra) said…

Thanks for the friend req.  Thanks for your words.. Sorry about the circs of our meeting.. but im glad to have you..


At 8:28pm on November 13, 2012, avgypsy said…

thank you so much Lisa for the friend request and for writing. I wish I had more time to spend on this site but too many things that require my attention having to do with my husbands death. He died on election day and so wanted to be around for the results. Was not to be, I guess! Hugs, Pat

At 12:22am on August 21, 2012, UK.Annie said…

H. Look forward toi Lisa, am happy to meet you, thank you for requesting friendship. I am struggling to find my way around this site but am sure I'll soon get the hang of it. Look forward to chatting soon, love Annie


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