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Today I went to a morning tea with seven other women from a large group I belong to. Due to the pandemic a few had decided they are not ready to go out yet but we were out in the open on a lovely Spring day, social distancing, drinking coffee, talking, catching up. It was a great morning. Two of the women are recently bereaved and one was out for the first time. That was our reason for being there as none of us were at either  husband's funeral. One of the widows sat next to me and said she…

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Added by only1sue on September 16, 2020 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Heart's Longing...

Early this morning, I took this picture while the sun was rising by the lake. I spoke out loud into the heavens and universe wishing and praying my husband could hear how much I love, miss and still need him... I wrote this shortly after and thought I would share, in hopes that someone, somewhere could…

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Added by AnderHeights on August 27, 2020 at 1:06pm — 3 Comments

No place like home?

I hate the end of winter with the wet cold blustery days.  The first of September is officially the first day of Spring here so hopefully there is more temperate weather ahead. I had three old friends die last week, not of Covid but age related illnesses. BUT because of Covid safe regulations the funerals were "invitation only" to comply with the present regulations of fifty booked in attendees. I was close to one couple but did not get a phone call from their…

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Added by only1sue on August 25, 2020 at 10:17pm — 3 Comments

Erasing My Husband

Today makes 2 months and 5 days since my husband left this world behind.   I have a lot of trouble when it comes to putting things in my name.  I feel like I am erasing every bit of our lives together.   I had to change the lease the utilities even the maintenance on our car was under his name.   Our online bank accounts were in his name we used the same one for both of us that had to switch too.  Does anyone else struggle with this?   I just feel like he is…

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Added by navigating life on August 25, 2020 at 1:54pm — 11 Comments

Bad nights, dreary days.

It seems as if time goes slowly now but suddenly a month has gone by. I have had a few bad nightmares lately.  I have a few nightmares from time to time, usually around the time of anniversaries, it will be eight years as a widow   for me in  September, not a good month for me with Father's Day, Ray's birthday and the anniversary of his death all in the one month. Add to that all the worries of Covid particularly the doom and gloom of the second wave we are experiencing now,  that is on my…

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Added by only1sue on August 14, 2020 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Dreams

When Tom first died I didn't have many dreams.  It may be because I didn't sleep much and when I did it was only for short periods of time.  After a few months and things started to "settle" (for lack of a better term) did I begin to have dreams on Tom.  The majority of my dreams were that he was still alive and this was a big mistake.  He was pulling off a massive prank and he was indeed live and well.  Dreams of this sort have continued until last night.  Last night is the first time I had…

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Added by TeresaNY on August 9, 2020 at 5:23am — 3 Comments

My Fading Memories

I've always had a bad memory.  So bad my mother has once commented that she would never want me to be her alibi since I don't even remember what I did yesterday and she would surely go to jail if she had to rely on me to bail her out.  My husband was my memory.  He would remember all the places we took the kids, or the little stories when we were there.  Don't get me wrong I do remember things, just not everything.  He remembered everything.  My kids ask me now about stories and they just…

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Added by TeresaNY on August 5, 2020 at 4:57am — 1 Comment

Highly Sensitive Person - navigation without you

I know I never heard of this term or came to the realization that I was “different“ in having this trait until after you were gone, but somehow it seems such a weight to carry without you. 

It is worse as I get older, but I suppose that is not unusual. The loud noises, bright lights, crowds, and so much information coming from all directions. Sometimes it all overwhelms me.

Yesterday was our grandson’s 11th birthday, which I can hardly believe such time has passed. He enjoyed…

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Added by Tess on July 20, 2020 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

The silence is deafening, the loneliness is unbearable!

Hello, everyone.  I am new to this club.  I lost my husband of 35 years ( 2 1/2 weeks short of 36 years) on May 8th, 2019.  Wow, writing that was hard!  I have a hard time expressing myself, so I will keep this short.  My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Jan 30th, 2019.  He went fast.  In 36 years I had only seen him sick once, he had a very bad case of bronchitis.  I still can't believe he is gone, I am lost without him!  I have no support system whatsoever.  The last 14…

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Added by GlorWyo on July 14, 2020 at 8:21pm — 15 Comments

Lonley

It will be 2 years August 16 that I found my husband dead in our car, he was waiting for me while I had my Mom at an appointment. I came out and he was slumped over steering wheel, I thought he was sleeping, but when I touched him, I knew. The EMT worked on him for over 15 minutes, then transferred him to the hospital where a Doctor pronounced him dead.  The rest of that afternoon is still a blur, and the days following.  The past couple of months I am more sad and depressed, our 30th…

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Added by Lost on July 14, 2020 at 2:37pm — 6 Comments

tammy

20 yrs ago i net her in an aol chatroom. we did chat alot then phone till late at night a yr later she moved from rockwood tn. to here. we had so many great yrs. she loved to mow the yard,watch the walking dead and go to wal-mart. about 2 yrs ago her back got worse so i did everything  . was glad to do it. last winter she got a sore throut that was more in her mouth. first doctor thought thrush. then different medicine then specialist. said burning mouth syndrome ,no cause no cure.she could…

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Added by darren on July 12, 2020 at 10:15am — 7 Comments

What you are missing...

I reflect a lot of the state of the world and how you would feel were you still here. I secretly am glad you are not. I will persevere on behalf of us both. It is my sacrifice to you as I know your temperament could never tolerate for very long all the chaos erupting daily. At least not without putting individuals in their places, perhaps not in such a socially accepted manner : - 0

That leaves me with the double labor of complaining and being on the opposite side of the world…

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Added by Tess on July 12, 2020 at 7:26am — 8 Comments

Loneliness

It has only been 2 months since George's death and the loneliness clings to me like a wet shirt.  I knew when I married him that this day would come too soon as he was 14 and a half years older than me.  Even with his death, I don't regret my decision to marry him.  As the Garth Brooks song says... I could have missed the pain, but I would have missed the dance.  For me, one of the worst things is having to put on the act of a happy face when I am dying inside as no one wants to be around…

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Added by Snowhite on July 12, 2020 at 7:15am — 5 Comments

This reminds me of a previous battle

In 199O I was a very busy person. I had two teenaged boys and a 21 year old daughter, I was doing a course in Office Management at a local Technical College and still doing Tupperware parties, church activities etc. I badly needed a break. Our local radio station had a competition where you answered five questions for $90. This was the exact price of a flight to one of the country towns we had lived in when Ray was a Fisheries Officer where old friends had asked us to an anniversary party.…

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Added by only1sue on July 10, 2020 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

Hitting the one year mark

In less than a month I will be hitting the one year mark of losing my husband.  I am a mix of emotions.  I'm amazed that the year has gone so quickly and I accomplished the things I did, not because I was so motivated to do them but because they were a necessity.  It saddens me that I had to make decisions on my own.  Tom and I made decision about the house, a new car, kids, family, trips, money, even what to have for dinner, we made those decisions together. For the past year I have made…

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Added by TeresaNY on July 10, 2020 at 5:55am — 5 Comments

Good days and blue days

I have run out of interesting things to do. I posted that on my Facebook page and got a mixture of comments. Some people claimed to be very busy, some gave me a run down on what they are  doing to keep occupied, some had some suggestions for me. Our restrictions are lifting a little and so one of the groups I belong to  that were going to be having a picnic in the park on a very rainy day instead booked a table for five in the restaurant of a local Club . One of the ladies said it was her…

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Added by only1sue on June 11, 2020 at 7:11pm — 11 Comments

Death anniversary  "UM NO THANX" I DONT WANT TO CELEBRATE A DAY I WISH NEVER HAPPENED.YOU KNOW WHAT DAY I WISH WOULD HAVE BEEN CELEBRATED BUT NO ONE ACKNOWLEDGED MY ANNIVERSARY OR I WISH I COULD HA…

Death anniversary  "UM NO THANX"

I DONT WANT TO CELEBRATE A DAY I WISH NEVER HAPPENED.YOU KNOW WHAT DAY I WISH WOULD HAVE BEEN CELEBRATED BUT NO ONE ACKNOWLEDGED MY ANNIVERSARY OR I WISH I COULD HAVE CELEBRATED VALENTINES DAY LIKE WE DID EVERY YEAR MY HUSBAND AND I. HE ALWAYS MADE IT SO SPECIAL.

Celebrating the day…

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Added by CryinCali on June 9, 2020 at 4:57pm — 4 Comments

Here's proof it can be done...

I'm such a visual person, I began thinking about what it looks like to continue to grow as a person through grief while posting to "There's a Hole" ---my thoughts wandered to the trees I've seen high up in the mountains standing tall and strong all the while rooted in rock.  I visualized what the little seed must have gone through while it continued to thrive.  I choose to believe those types of illustrations are God's way of showing us we can both survive and…

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Added by Rainy (Misty) on June 9, 2020 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Suddenly the sole parent - is anyone else out there in this situation ?

I am searching for people (men or women) in similar situations as what I am experiencing.  My wonderful wife of 23 years passed away 10 weeks ago after a 5 month illness. I am faced to deal with everything - is anyone else like this and feeling overwhelmed or who I can converse with about picking up the pieces  ?  I have two wonderful sons, not little but not on their own yet, two dogs and work a full time job (more than 40 hours/week of responsibility).  Time to grieve and dwell on the past…

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Added by Oskar Ruettiger on June 8, 2020 at 5:13pm — 8 Comments

There's A Hole

     One of the things I have learned about the grief of a spouse that quite surprised me really, is that I'm not just grieving the loss of my soulmate. I'm grieving the loss of part of myself. I feel like the best part of me, that person he fell in love with, died when he did. I used to have this incredible zest for life. To me, each new day with him was an exciting new adventure. I viewed our world with optimism and childlike wonder as long as he was in it.…

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Added by ScarletPlumes on June 6, 2020 at 9:45am — 6 Comments

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