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My Father's Day Tribute in "Modern Loss"

My latest article is in the wonderful online publication "Modern Loss." It's a father's day tribute to my dad who raised me after my mom died when I was ten. We became even closer when he helped me see that life could still be worth living after I lost my George in 2013. Here it is if you'd like to read it: http://modernloss.com/father-grief-mentor/ I so appreciate your patience with my posting links instead of actual posts. 

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Comment by The Hungover Widow on June 14, 2017 at 8:03pm
Hi Diane, Thanks for the kind comments on my writing. I've never been to Csmp Widow. I'll have to look into it.i am in Northern CA
Comment by Patience (Diane) on June 14, 2017 at 8:50am

I just read your Father's day tribute. I'm so glad your father is in your life and doing well. I always enjoy reading your words. BTW, are you by any chance thinking of attending Camp Widow San Diego in August?  I am from NJ... and thinking of going. Been 5 years for me and I've been to camp before and really got a lot out of it. .....  :)

Comment by The Hungover Widow on June 14, 2017 at 6:38am
Thank you Athena53 for the great comments. I did fix the link, finally! Your story about your mom and dad preparing for your mom's death was so touching. I was really moved.
Comment by Athena53 on June 13, 2017 at 4:08pm

You need to fix your link- it works if you get rid of the http:// that accidentally got stuck on the end.

Great article, though.  My mother died the month before my husband.  Very different circumstances:  Mom was 85, my husband was 78.  When faced with Mom's terminal cancer diagnosis a year ago, they dealt with it.  They picked out a place together where Dad would live after she was gone (he moved there a few months ago).  They de-cluttered and parceled out things with sentimental value to family members.  The 85th birthday celebration for Mom went on as planned and it was a wonderful family gathering.  When we realized my husband was on the same path, we also planned, talked, reminisced. 

I talk to Dad once a week (he lives on the East Coast and I'm in the Midwest but other siblings are nearby).  He and I are both doing well- we miss our beloved spouses, of course, but we're building new and different lives since we know we can't get our old ones back.  I really think that I'm wired this way because that's how Mom and Dad are/were.  It helps.

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