Jennifer Dankers
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  • Elk Grove Village, IL
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Jennifer Dankers is now a member of Online Grief Support - A Social Community
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About Me:
41 y/o female. Never married, no kids
About my Loss:
My dad became an alcoholic when he was 50 and I was 22. I lived with him as an active alcoholic (and my mom) until I was 34. Long story short, he ultimately died very unexpectedly and suddenly of a pulmonary embolism from surgery to amputate his right leg. His leg needed amputating due to his alcoholism. Had he lived, eventually his other would have also needed to be amputated. If other effects from the alcoholism didn't kill him first.

He became a member of AA after his first trip of many to detox and rehab shortly after his initial "incident" and hospitalization due to being drunk. He had short periods of sobriety during his 14 years in AA. The longest period of sobriety being 6 months. Other than that, his sober periods only lasted at most a few weeks.

My mom is a psychologist who, at the beginning, had some knowledge and patients with addiction issues. We both joined ALANON soon after my dad's first trip to rehab. We stayed members for 12 years.

I have learned that my grief is much different from those that lost loved ones to things other than addiction. I am looking to connect with people who have lost loved ones with addiction.
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bluebird replied to bluebird's discussion My husband died, and I will never want to live without him.
"Thanks, Jeff. It just hit me really hard, that sense of a lack of coziness, warmth, home. Even the simple pleasures aren't pleasures now. In the past, during the winter, when it would snow and my husband and I would be cuddled up in bed…"
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Jeff C replied to bluebird's discussion My husband died, and I will never want to live without him.
"So sad and so understandable.  I like what you said about how any sense of coziness is gone.  That says so much."
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bluebird replied to bluebird's discussion My husband died, and I will never want to live without him.
"It's now been just over 9 years since my husband died. The weather has turned to Autumn, which has always been my favorite season, but while I still prefer Autumn temperatures my love for this time of year has been greatly muted since my…"
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Diana, Grief Recovery Coach commented on Diana, Grief Recovery Coach's group Grief Counseling
"Glad we had a chance to talk today Jo."
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dream moon JO B commented on Diana, Grief Recovery Coach's group Grief Counseling
"i loss my fav unnl on 8th oct him mom mnoths aprt i hhav i wz dorter he nver had he nevr had kidss of his onw  but i wz 1 he wud wark doon ail he did  so im gona in alot of denil a bit longr aptit all ovr dnt mondd coz i cud do on wate…"
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