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Please don't interpret anything you read here as medical, legal, or otherwise expert advice. Don't disregard any expert's advice or take any action as a result of what you read here.

We're friends, not doctors, financial or legal professionals, and we're not "grief experts." But we are here, and we've been "there."

Positivity, encouragement and some pick-me-ups <3 (lots of images and text!!)

Sometimes, it is very hard to imagine that this is the life that we are supposed to be living, especially after all, we are all dealing with such a great loss in our lives. Find joy in the fact that you were lucky enough to find that person, though, out of all the people in the world and able to spend the time you had with them. Its very bittersweet...

I know we can all understand this one! Some days, it takes everything I have within me not to just give up, throw in the towel, be done with it all, forever. I know we've all thought it, after losing someone so close, who wouldn't consider it, but keep this in mind: You're blessed enough to still have your life. Do something amazing with it. Something they would be proud of you for <3

This is not at all a reference to forgetting about the ones we have lost, but about the little bits and pieces of hardship that come along with it. The people that can't find a reason to support you, the awful things that others will say, the insecurities and pain. They only hurt you. Let them go.

Seriously, you can. It's hard, so much harder than anything I have personally ever lived through, but think of how proud your love would be of you for holding it together so well. Everything is going to be okay.

Find the little blessings in life. They make the day so much better sometimes.

Naps really do help, to an extent. Try not to wallow in sadness. I know how hard it is, but being here and doing good is worth it. If you can't live for you, do it for him / her. They're so proud of you.

Change is always occurring, always...

"This, too, shall pass..."

Think of all the people your love impacted in the time they were here. All the lives they may have changed, including yours, perhaps. It's a very beautiful thing to ponder upon.

Try not to focus on the past, unless it's the good of it.

Try not to focus on the future, unless it's a plan to better your own life or the lives of others.

Focus on what you have now, count your blessings, despite the pain and loss, we're all so blessed.

I hope for you all, that you let this strengthen you and make you a better person.

It is not easy, but let it awaken you and feel alive. Let it affect you in the best way possible.

This one is one of my favorites. Sometimes, I can be sitting quietly by myself, and I feel the compassion he had for me surrounding me. He may not be there, but the true, deep love we had sneaks up and envelops me. It's not the same as an embrace or a kiss goodnight, but I know he still loves me, he knows I still love him. Our love will never die. Your love for yours will never die. True love never dies.

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Comment by Stacey on August 3, 2013 at 3:11pm

As my tears are steaming now thank you for these beautiful words of encouregment.

Comment by dublin53 on July 30, 2013 at 9:45am

Thank you for sharing these. They arrived just when I needed them. 

Comment by Princess Warrior Widow on July 28, 2013 at 6:00am
These are beautiful and inspirational.thanks for sharing.
Comment by Dianne in Nevada on July 27, 2013 at 7:39pm

This is wonderful Rae. Thank you so much for posting it.  

We have a Forum discussion where you can post these kind of encouraging graphics if you'd like:  http://widowedvillage.org/forum/topics/stop-by-this-forum-when-you-...

We all just add things to it and it keeps it all in one easy spot. 

Comment by Lori on July 27, 2013 at 6:56pm

love all of these thank you

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