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Blogs for Widowed people

 Hey, first I was excited that my blog, “The Hungover WIdow,” made this list by Feedspot of the top 50 blogs for Widowed People. Here’s the link:https://blog.feedspot.com/widow_blogs/ . I am grateful that folks on this site read my blog.

And I’m still lying in bed because it’s the holidays and I have very little family. Love, Debbie 

Added by The Hungover Widow on December 19, 2017 at 9:03am — No Comments

Year Two

Year two is worse than year one, I have heard other widows say. I thought to myself, "surely that can't be true." It probably isn't for everyone, but for me, it seems to be proving true.  

I'm amazed (not in a good way) how hard it has been lately. It seems…

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Added by lowrsr (Sherry) on December 14, 2017 at 5:16pm — 16 Comments

Looking Forward

Please note, I posted this on my FB page yesterday, and then mentioned it on chat yesterday to someone.  I told them I would post it here today so here it is.

Have you ever looked back on something you wrote 25 years ago and shivered? I just did that, here is a poem I wrote 25 years ago, I don't know what possessed me then, but it is like 25 years ago I knew someday I would be where I am today: 

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Added by MidnightBear (Tony) on December 14, 2017 at 5:55am — 2 Comments

Where is the Roadmap?

For years, my wife and I would pick a destination to go to on vacation.  Often a national park or amusement park, but it was often that we would pick one destination that we could drive to.  These were times when we would be in the car for hours, listening to a book on tape and gabbing about random stuff.  Until we bought a car with navigation my wife was the navigator.  She was responsible for the roadmap and pointing out directions.  She would drive only during long stretches of straight…

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Added by MidnightBear (Tony) on December 13, 2017 at 6:47am — 5 Comments

1 Month Down, So Many to Go

1 month ago today, the light of my life went away.  I woke today initially with the feeling like it was all the other days since her passing, but then feelings came flooding in.  I almost crawled back into bed and refused to go to work but this would have meant admitting defeat and giving in.  I won't go down without a fight and so I dragged myself from bed, shaved, showered and got dressed.  I made myself a lunch and ate breakfast.  I left the house about 20 minutes later than intended, and…

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Added by MidnightBear (Tony) on December 11, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

I am not broken, You can not fix me

A letter I wrote to family & friend but haven't had the nerve to share. 

I know people are trying to do well meaning things when they suggest that I should get a dog, or a cat or some other creature to have around me.  I know people are meaning well when they say sharing is helpful or that you will get over this eventually.  I know people merely want to try to fix me.  The problem is, I am not broken, I am sad, lonely, angry and tired.  I am these things but I am…

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Added by MidnightBear (Tony) on December 11, 2017 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming, time goes faster from now on.  My plan is to go to my daughter again this year from Christmas Eve. This means missing out on some of my old activities but  I can't really think of anything else to do. Some of my friends go on cruises, take advantage of offers from friends or simply plan to spend the day alone but I don't really like any of those options. In the past five years I have spent Christmas with my family with the exception of one year when the family could not…

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Added by only1sue on December 9, 2017 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

Writing Publicly on Emotional Abuse

So, I made it public. Grateful to be in Ravishly magazine warning about the dark side of loneliness: https://ravishly.com/recognize-emotional-abuse.

My big recurring theme, I never thought loneliness could make me so crazy. (I’ve since moved on, reflected and even met someone kind and amazing. (Thanksgiving with his mom—-oy!).

Added by The Hungover Widow on November 20, 2017 at 6:45am — 3 Comments

Grief Bites: A New Approach to Growing Through Grief



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Added by jhens2017 on November 11, 2017 at 9:33am — No Comments

Grief Bites: A New Approach to Growing Through Grief



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Added by jhens2017 on November 11, 2017 at 9:31am — No Comments

Grief Bites: A New Approach to Growing Through Grief



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Added by jhens2017 on November 11, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

My Grief Journey

I am a single parent with a 22-y/o special needs son, Ryan, who keeps me pretty busy. I started my own transcription business back in 2005 and was self-employed for 10 years--hours/commute were great but no benefits kinda sucked.  We moved from Naperville, Illinois to Spring Hill, Florida, in June 2007 and, aside from the extremely HOT days of the summer months, have enjoyed living here for the past 10 years. I have…
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Added by jhens2017 on November 11, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

Grief Bites: A New Approach to Growing Through Grief

Grief Bites: Day 1  

    

Devotional: Has grief knocked your breath out of you or altered your life? At some point, everybody will experience grief. Grief is simply any situation that has broken your heart, or anything that has attempted to break your…
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Added by jhens2017 on November 11, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Loneliness

I started a Bible Study on singleness and loneliness. I can’t say that I learned anything new orvthat thingsswere written in a way that I had an aha moment. What I can say is that maybe perhaps for the first time my internal attitude was in a position of humbleness and willing to listen to God on the topic. I came away feeling loved and protected and as though God understood and I indeed was not alone that He really did have a plan. Wish I could say I never struggled with it or cried after…

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Added by Daisy on November 9, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Two Years Today

Almost two o’clock in the afternoon and still I sit in my pajamas and robe. It’s been a long time since I have written in this blog, today I am writing for myself, mostly. The weather is cold, rainey, appropriate. The hour of his death is not far away and I can’t seem to do anything but sit and wait for it to pass.



I know some people would think I am wallowing in self pity, given the horrific recent tragedies in this country. The pain and suffering of victims’ families is...I can’t… Continue

Added by sunfeathers on November 8, 2017 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Ending an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

I’m blogging again. This was the hardest post I’ve ever written. It’s about staying in an emotionally abusive relationship because I was so lonely after losing George: http://www.thehungoverwidow.com/tripping-on-the-path-of-widowhood-living-with-emotional-abuse/. Thanks for listening, Debbie

Added by The Hungover Widow on October 26, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Outside of our Comfort Zones: Small Victories

I was better prepared for life after Ron's death than many widows.  He died about a year ago at age 78, but his health had been deteriorating and his stamina had been decreasing for a couple of years before that.  I was also 15 years younger.  I'd always managed the finances (he joked that since he was an English major and my degree was in Math that was a no-brainer) and had gradually taken over lawn and yard maintenance, keeping the car maintained, housekeeping, etc. because he just…

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Added by Athena53 on October 24, 2017 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

How to handle telemarketers

For 2 1/2 years I got calls for Arlene on my cell asking for her so they could try to sell her diabetic testing supplies. And until six months ago, I would scream and curse at them (ok, it was fun and thereaputic, but clearly ineffective). So tonight at work, I got another one of those calls, at work and gave what is now my standard response:

Them: Hello, may I speak to Arlene?

Me: She's not here, but I can give you the number where she may be reached.

Them: Ok…

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Added by Don on October 12, 2017 at 2:20pm — 3 Comments

Enforced leisure - still recovering

I was  told on Friday I may be able to drive at the end of next week, I am so looking forward to that, it is over a month now since I had the operation on my leg and graft and I have spent most of that time with my leg elevated.  Luckily I always have many meals frozen in advance in my freezer and friends have been kind and brought me fruit ( I can't eat chocolates...lol) so I haven't starved. The major frustration for me is that Spring is here and I can't get out into the garden to do all…

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Added by only1sue on September 24, 2017 at 4:52am — 5 Comments

Hornet...on WILLING YOU STRENGTH!

As surreal as it seems…tomorrow is the 4th anniversary of my husband’s death. Unbelievable.

I don’t visit Widville as much as I used to…I have literally buried myself in work over the last few years, but I log in every now and then to see how everyone is doing. I have to…this site helped me more than I can tell you, and now, I have the honor of offering my help as well…for whatever it may be worth.

Also, it is my way of honoring the wonderful man…

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Added by Hornet (Cindy) on September 22, 2017 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

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