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January 2014 Blog Posts (47)

Big day for Ron !

Today is a big day for me :-)

It's the last day of my 40th year at my job.

I am an engineer. Over the years I have worked on almost everything that John Deere makes. Some projects very small and some very big. My first love is Tractors. I decided this was what I would do with my life when I was 16…

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Added by RonB on January 6, 2014 at 7:08am — 5 Comments

1 year without my love

Well it has been 1 year now. I lost my love on 1-3 of 2013. I am so glad to be in a new year, Im not sure why, I still feel the same, but I suppose just to be done with the worse year of my life. I still cant wrap my head around it sometimes, I cant believe I have been alone for a year. I am glad to be past the year mark, not that I think anything magical will happen, and I will be suddenly healed, but just to know that I made it a year. It shows me that I can make it 2, 3, 5, 10, and so on.…

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Added by JK (OK) on January 5, 2014 at 3:46pm — 4 Comments

What a Catch !

Our minister spoke about the Devil today. It reminded me of my Wife. (in a good way - read on)

Sometimes I fill in for the sermon; when the minister is away, or just needs a break.

I was doing so several years ago; the topic was the Devil.

The Greek word that gets translated 'Devil'…

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Added by RonB on January 5, 2014 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

Surviving The Holidays

I thought I was being proactive. I was pretty sure that I would find it hard to be alone for Christmas Day. Even if I did invite my daughter and her husband over for supper, I knew that they would only be there for a few hours and the rest of the day would be spent alone. So I took some advice from another widow and asked my daughter if I could have a “sleepover” at her house. We had a wonderful time. Very low key but it was nice to have someone else to talk to. For me, it didn’t matter if I…

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Added by shelleyb57 on January 5, 2014 at 12:18am — 4 Comments

How long until the pain subsides?

I know that everyone is individually experiencing this journey. I know there is no time table, no rights or wrongs. But it seems to me that a great many people are able to FUNCTION better than I can. It has been fourteen months since my husband died. I still feel pain with every thought of him and of the life I lost as well. I want desperately to feel happy again. I want to be able to relish the "now" and live every moment. I read all the time that life is a gift and I should gratefully savor… Continue

Added by Susan on January 3, 2014 at 6:18pm — 2 Comments

Paying respect

19 months after burying my husband and 7 months after completing a questionnaire I got a call from the grounds keeper of Camp Butler Cemetery. I gave them a very poor review. It took 12 months to put sod around three crematory sections. It hurt to see a simplistic marker surrounded by mud and a few weeds. My heart sank with my heels each time I visited and there isnt a single bench in the entire place. Not to mention they got his rank wrong in the beginng and had to remake the marker. My… Continue

Added by Mrs G on January 3, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

LIFE ON THANKSGIVING STREET

This was published in a Baptist magazine that my grandmother used to receive when I was a teenager growing up in the 60’s.  I used to go through it and would cut out some of the stories and poems that resonated with me back then.  I still have them in a binder I started back then and still take some time to read them again and again.  I wish I had written down what the complete article said.

LIFE ON THANKSGIVING STREET

Encountering one of the healthiest and…

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Added by Morgana (Janet) on January 1, 2014 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

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