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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 Trina Mamoon on March 20, 2019 at 4:54pm

Hi Joe,

Your wife, the love of your life, is BEAUTIFUL! And it does seem like it was destiny that brought the two of you together. Beautiful story of the two of you meeting for the first time.

Like Linda says, we have to be grateful that God sent us our soulmates. And I am grateful, even though we only had 19 years together. But so many people don't ever get a soulmate. But all of us here did. And I am grateful for that gift.

Comment by Linda Engberg on March 20, 2019 at 3:56pm

Hi Joe,

Your wife is beautiful. We just have to so blessed for God sending us our soulmates.

Comment by Linda Engberg on March 20, 2019 at 6:51am

Hi Everyone, 

Thanks for the cudos. I know every one of us is trying to cope with the loss of our Beloved Spouses. I too cannot do the things we shared and that's just about everything. Our likes were the same, so the only thing I did alone was run. He was always at every race I ran. The worst part I miss is his smiling face at the finish line. But I know his heart was beating in mine. This is one of tattoos I have on my arms.

Comment by morgan on March 19, 2019 at 11:08pm

I am so grateful that each of you share what you are doing and how you are dealing with your loss at whatever stage in months or years.  In the past I never had to worry about looking for company for misery.  I wasn't miserable.  Now I find I need to hear that I am not alone in my misery as I crawl through the hours that make up a day which extend to a month and total a year.  Just to know what you are feeling helps because so much of the time I have felt the exact same way.  

Although I have to admit I don't think I could do something as energetic as 26 mile runs.  Wow, Linda, that is amazing.  I mean how do you manage to breathe?  I have lost so much of my physical abilities.  You should be very proud that you are able to do it for Julian. I bet he is breathing for you!! usual we feel much the same.  I can absolutely feel how you wanted to just disappear for the 15th and it was very kind of you to meet with the student of Joseph but I know exactly what you felt when you said it took you days to recover because of the amount of energy it took to do it.  I SO get that.  You hit the nail on the head.  At this point in our time without our loves we get better at functioning but the energy it takes to do everything much less something where you have to grin and bear it to bring some "normalcy" to engaging with someone who knew him.......oh dear, how hard that must have been.   I ran into an old friend of my husband about a month ago and he had no idea my love had died and he was so shocked and I just collapsed.  I barely made it into my friends car and I just melted.  I can imagine how difficult it was to stay focused during the time with Josephs student and there is every reason for it to take days to recover.  It took everything you had....bravo to you and I hope you are getting some of that energy back.  

Marita, like you I have a terrible time doing anything that remotely has a connection to what we did together.  I just can't handle it.  I have just given up pushing myself too hard and have to be ok with it.  The things I have to do I force myself but if I know I have a choice and it wont make much difference I decline to do it.  On looking back I see I was trying to present myself as being able to do things because others needed to see me as the "old" me.  Now I just consider that their problem not mine and I am working towards being able to be a full time hermit. 

I think overall I am just angry I am being put through this.  I never wanted to live alone and I am certainly never going to be with another man and though right now I have a friend staying with me who just needed a place to get through for awhile, I feel alone.  Its not that my husband chose to leave me alone.  I'm not angry at him.  I'm mad that the universe sees fit to keep me behind.  I want to be where he is and even if he isn't there its got to be better than this painful daily burden we all carry here.  

Monty, you are very kind.....and have more patience than me.  I guess part of that might be because of your boys but you are always wishing the rest of us well.  I want that too, I just don't think to always say it and you do.  Its a truly kind way of thinking......I think everyone here has similar feelings its just you say it.......thank you.....Each of us seems to help carry the weight of the rest of us and each of us has a different way to reach in that vein, take care the best you can.......

And here we have three new people joining the website looking for advice and help......Its just so hard to keep up with the emotions that result from each of our situations.......I would have no way to write to everyone but I do hope they find nuggets of help by reading....its pretty much all we've got.

Comment by Marita on March 19, 2019 at 6:06pm


Thanks for your encouraging words.

Comment by Trina Mamoon on March 19, 2019 at 5:43pm


What you say here about your day sounds like my miserable daily schedule:

"My schedule is pretty much go to the bedroom between 1 to 4am and most often I sleep until 11 or noon.  And if I have to get up quickly I find I end up hitting a trigger early and cry.  If I go slow I can try to avoid the crying at least until I hit something later in the day."

I can't go to bed earlier than 2 or 3 AM, and finally when I wake up around noon, I am in a zombie-like stupor, not wanting to face this grey and cheerless world without my darling Joseph. Everyday it is awful.

The Ides of March--March 15th--was Joseph's birthday. I had planned to stay hidden under the covers all day, but a former student of Joseph and mine emailed me out of the blue on the 14th and said she was coming into town the next day and would I please meet up with her as she remembers Joseph and me fondly to this day.

I took this as a sign from Joseph for me to go out and to have a bearable day on his birthday. I took the student to dinner and it was a bittersweet evening for the two of us reminiscing about Joseph, the classes he taught and the impact he made on many young lives. The student was so sweet and understanding; very mature way beyond her years. I made it through the day without a major breakdown. But it is taking me three-four days now to recuperate from the enormous effort I put to be brave on Joseph's birthday. Such is life for us: having to make it day after day and waiting for that day when it will all be finally over and we can be free of this pain and suffering, and meet up with our beloved soulmate.

Morgan, be well, and please know I am sending you good, healing thoughts. 

Hugs, Trina 

Comment by Trina Mamoon on March 19, 2019 at 5:26pm

Hi Marita, 

I can relate to what you are saying: the activities that Joseph and I loved to do together are now very painful to do on my own. But it seems that you have started taking baby steps in the right direction by starting to run again. So who knows, perhaps before too long you, too, will be doing charity runs to honor the memory of your beloved husband. Hugs, Trina

Comment by Trina Mamoon on March 19, 2019 at 5:22pm


This is awesome! How inspiring that you run marathons to honor your beloved husband and soulmate Julian at age 65! 

Comment by Marita on March 19, 2019 at 4:35pm


That is quite an accomplishment! My husband was my running partner and we did a lot of charity runs together. My last run was 2 months after he died and dedicated the run to him. Since then I have tried running alone but it was too emotionally painful so I quit. I have started running a little in the past month so will see where that takes me.

Comment by Monty on March 19, 2019 at 4:26pm

Hi Morgan 

thanks vor you very kind words.  my boys are biologically adult but through their disability, they are about early teenagers intellectually with some physical disabilities as well.

they are good boys and they are improving them as I challenge them to improve their life skills.

the widower's group that I go to is very good and have gotten some great advice and support from them.

Hey, Joe

thanks for your kind words.

we all find we do what we must.  for me I've grown up with the boys so for me it's just life. 

I can understand only doing what you need to do, I end up watching too much Netflix when I have done what I absolutely needed to for the day.

sharing here really does help.

thanks to all 

have the best day you can


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