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The Holiday Season and my loss 1 Reply

This Christmas Season this year is very hard.Family gatherings are wonderful but l feel my husband not being so much more.Seeing everyone makes it more real that Ron is not here.The tears are in my…Continue

Started by Denise Lavoie. Last reply by Linda Engberg Dec 24, 2018.

Lost my wife 14 Replies

It's been almost a week since i lost my wife to lung disease. She's in my mind 24/7. I don't have anybody else to talk too. I was carred by emotional and physical abuse mostly in my childhood in…Continue

Started by Kyle McKay. Last reply by Corinne C. Rico Nov 12, 2018.

Lost my husband the father of my kids and bestfriend . 3 Replies

  I lost my husband we were high school sweethearts we had plans and it was not suppose to be this way we had two kids together and I feel so lost and the pain i feel becuase of how much I miss him…Continue

Started by Nicole. Last reply by Fran Oct 19, 2018.

FAILING 9 Replies

next month will be three years since I lost my husband and I'm failing miserably I am in serious debt I cant fix, I stay home because I have extreme difficulty leaving my house I don't know how to…Continue

Started by Pamela philipp. Last reply by Corinne C. Rico Oct 4, 2018.

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Comment by Monty on February 3, 2019 at 4:55pm

Joe..   that is beautifully said.

I totally understand how children affect our coping with grief and the pain.

Without my children and their needs and emotional support, I think I would be a hollowed out a person in a dark room.

I am still working on "faking it till I make it"  not that I'm sure I'll ever make it but ill keep trying.


as always your images you post a poignant and right on the mark.

thanks for sharing 

to everyone have the best day you can.

regards Monty

Comment by Linda Engberg on February 3, 2019 at 6:22am


Once again your post tells me what has exactly happened to me. No one will never understand what we are going through. The best way I can explain this others is if they listen to the song "Everyday" by Phil Collins. Today is Superbowl Sunday and Julian and I always had crab legs. It is a bittersweet memory. The last Superbowl we had together he was in the hospital fighting cancer. Of all the ones we saw together, this one will always live with me. I too don't know how I can keep up with agony. Only time will tell.

Comment by morgan on February 2, 2019 at 9:37pm

How long can I last? It getting harder and harder to pretend that I can live this out.   Pretty much everyone I come in contact with is living in the old universe I used to live in.  Their motivations and desires are what mine used to be.  

I cant fake this all the time.  Its becoming way too hard.  I am drained.  When I hit the wall I am paralyzed.   Energy becomes nonexistent.  Crying to exhaustion.  The aftereffects have me needing rest.  This is not anyone's idea of living.  

Its not like it happens all the time but it is pretty much every other day.  I ask my brain why?  Why cant it just accommodate itself to not being able to have him here with me.  My reason knows that he is dead.  But my heart has died.  Its not like I don't know the reasons and the logic of death.  Its just my emotions wont let me live without him.  Every step I take forward I get dragged back three.  And I've taken many many steps forward but I keep getting drawn back those three.

I'm so tired of fighting my heart.  

Comment by Linda Engberg on February 1, 2019 at 6:15am


Thanks for your great explanation of this prayer. I have said it over and over since losing My Julian in 2013. I know I will never recover and don't want to. I know I can never change. All I want is for God to take me to him.  

Comment by joe kelly on January 31, 2019 at 3:15pm

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference."

Said a different way is "God, let me be at peace with the things I cannot change.  Have courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

For me, this prayer is a "Catch 22".  I know and accept that my Love left this world.  For me, I will never be at peace with Her leaving this world.  I know I cannot change that She left this world.

However, I Pray to be reunited with Her in Her world when I leave this world.  I pray to go where She is because the moment She died, I knew I have to go there also and be with Her for all Eternity.

This prayer is for those who suffer and want to be at peace with their suffering.  It can be important for those here who want to go on in this world and "Recover".  For some, there's a lot of validity in that.  For example, those who have young children.  They have a special need beyond themselves for recovery.

All of my children are at or approaching middle age.  They experienced the relationship my Love and I have and in a way are rooting for me to be reunited with Her soon.  They love the Love we had for each other.  They knew Our Love came first while knowing we loved them preciously.  They know they will lose me someday and know my wishes.  They love Us so much that they want Us to be reunited soon.  That's how strong their love is for Us and I treasure the support of that love while I wait and suffer.


Comment by M Adams on January 31, 2019 at 12:49pm

What is the serenity prayer?

Comment by Linda Engberg on January 31, 2019 at 6:12am

Morgan & Jim,

I am so blessed to have this friendship with you both. It keeps me going to know I am not alone in this Hell. I always read the "Serenity Prayer" every morning but I cannot accept the things I cannot change and I never will. 

God Bless you Both, Linda

Comment by morgan on January 30, 2019 at 9:11pm

The universe gave you a bit of light today Joe regarding your daughters surgery and I am so glad that for her she has another chance to continue life with her family.  Not having had children I cannot imagine the sense of the burden to desire life for them.  It must be extremely difficult when it looks like it might be another loss for you.  I know I cant handle loss anymore.  I break down.  It doesn't matter whose loss, or what it is, I just cant handle it.  So I am glad it appears she will have more time.  No loss is a relief.

And two parts of your post......yes, I'm not alone in hell, but I don't like the residency nonetheless. and two, I cant find someone to blame either.  And boy, do I wish I could.  That mountain in my room fills a large space along with the other things.  But yes, if only I could find someone to blame.  

All of your post rings true.  We all need to hear how we are not alone in this pain.......

Comment by joe kelly on January 30, 2019 at 7:46pm


"Wanting him to come get me because i know full well he's not coming back here so my only real chance of being together is somewhere else. Begging for release from this life."

That's it.  That is all I want now is to go to her because she can't come back to me.  That's all you and everyone still here want as stated above.

"I really can't be of much support to anyone here"

You are a support here.  Every time I read a post from all of you guys, I feel as though I'm not alone in Hell. 

"How the heck are we supposed to do this?

We won't.  We can't and we don't want to.  We'll never let them go because they were our lives and we know that they want us come to them.  I know she wants me and often I say "Darling, come rescue me".  Then I realize that she can't kill me, God won't kill me, and I can't take a chance killing myself.  Yes we are stuck.  However, we can't live forever and someday it will happen.  Her dying thought was that we will be together forever someday, and my dying thought will be that I'm going to her.  All I can do is suffer and wait, and let nature take it's course, without help from anyone who might interfere with that.


"so angry that I am being forced to live."

Me too.  But can't find someone to blame.

My daughter's surgery went well today but her journey is far from over.  While I'm alive, I will do everything I can for her.  My other three children will do the same.  I'm hoping for a some kind of positive outcome, but I still fear for her.  Life is so unfair.

Comment by morgan on January 30, 2019 at 7:45pm

Linda,  I too come here because I know that I am understood for my inability to "get better".  I know I have better hours that over the years have increased in length.  I know that I fake it better notwithstanding how much of a fraud I feel like I am.  What I also know is what your poem states very clearly.  I will never get over it.  

I have less of the fog and more of the reality that living is never going to get better and I am really over continuing to push time forward.  I long for the day of my death.  I can hardly wait.  I really hope the universe is not planning on a long drawn out departure.  It has been too long already.  

I have a gay friend living with me who attempted suicide and is trying to reconstruct his life so right now I am concentrating on helping him.  We go back a long way and I want for him to succeed where I fail in wanting to continue life.  I think he has come round to where he wants to live now.  Whether my husband sent him into my path to keep me occupied for now I have no idea.  I just know I feel like I have pretty much done all I wanted to try and if I can feel somewhat assured that he and my affairs are tied up maybe the universe will do me the favor I want.  

I have a hard time imagining that my body can withstand more of the same over too much more time.......


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