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Hi everyone, I am new to the group, but not to loss. Thanks for adding me.
I wanted to share an essay I wrote, "Welcome to the Freak Show: Becoming an Orphan in My 20s", that is in the New York Times today. Even though all of our experiences with grief are unique, I hope it resonates in some way.
I guess there isn't much to say anymore. I miss him so much. He was like my brother and it feels weird and wrong and different. It's weird to think a year ago we were laughing and were so close. Its weird to think that someone who was once so beautiful and full of life is now rotting six feet underground in a wooden box. I'm not sure of my religious beliefs but I think I hope he's either moved onto the next life or has his own personal heaven with everyone he loved. I hope he has his…Continue
Today is different for me and yet it isn’t. During the night when I woke, I could feel sadness though it didn’t seem to be a focused sadness. It was just there. And then I ended up having what I think was something like a panic attack. We were prescribed a very weak dose of an antianxiety med by our doctor so I took one of those and was able to sleep at last!
But in a way, I just put off what I was feeling and so today is again a sad day. My…Continue
Added by Charles Alexander on May 13, 2019 at 11:47am — No Comments
This is the second thing I wrote in my journal a few days ago.
On this day that would have been our sons birthday, I find that I cannot celebrate his life quite yet because I’m still grieving him. It’s only been twelve days since he left us and at times it still feels like he’s here.
A brief flash in the corner of the eye that looks like him. The simple glance to his bedroom door…Continue
Added by Charles Alexander on May 12, 2019 at 10:29pm — No Comments
This is an entry that I wrote in my personal journal. I'm adding them to begin my blog.
Our son chose suicide in the early morning hours on Friday, April fifth of this year (2019). As is always the case in these situations, my wife and I have many questions. Many of those questions will never be answered, simply because Phil isn’t here to answer them. Of the others, I’m sure we’ll eventually figure out the answers.…Continue
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i get mad wen i hear kids died
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Added by dream moon JO B on April 12, 2019 at 5:32pm — No Comments
31 days and counting. Can't say his name without crying, can't talk about the death without crying, can't think about him without crying, can't write this without crying. I want it to stop.
Recent postings on “I miss my mom” brought back memories of moments with my mom when I would get very anxious and frustrated, when I would raise my voice and so on. My mom was very forgiving of me, and very understanding — she got how worried I was about her, especially but not exclusively during latter years of complex health issues, and she appreciated that I was trying my best to help. She was grateful to me, and expressed gratitude, which was sometimes uncomfortable, but I was also so…Continue
It's been almost 3 and a half years since I lost the love of my life. In that time, I moved my parents in with me, because I owed them so much. Last year, my 91 year old Pops told me"happy birthday" 6 days before my birthday and the day the docs were sending him to the nursing home.....the last thing he said to me. Now, my mom is terrified that she is going to die in the heart surgery that she has scheduled for Friday. Hey, I'm terrified as well. I did karaoke as a side line, because I…Continue
Added by Kathleen Jordan on March 12, 2019 at 1:40am — No Comments
There are many mentions of guilt on this site, and it often seems to be assumed that all bereaved people suffer from guilt. As far as I can tell that isn’t true for me, unless I am in very deep denial. On the other hand, I feel a lot of shame about being bereaved, being alone, being tearful, distraught, unproductive, etc. At the same time it seems ridiculous to be ashamed because someone beloved has died, and I haven’t seen other people reflect this feeling, so thought it was just my…Continue
Added by M Adams on March 4, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I haven't posted here in awhile. The crushing grief that overwhelmed me for so long after my mom died has lifted into more of a grief fog. But some issues within my family have arisen over the past few days, and I'm having a really hard time. And my question is: Why the hell is everyone in such a hurry to "move on?" What is so terrible about being sad, about missing someone? Why is it "normal" to go on with your life like nothing happened, to forget about the past and keep moving forward?…Continue
still feal it
i am not
Added by dream moon JO B on March 2, 2019 at 6:06pm — No Comments
Some have inquired about the twitter box option at the top of the "Latest Activity" section. Apparently, it was an automatic update by Ning. Your privacy is still safe. It's an option for those who connect their personal account here and sync it with their personal twitter account.
If they choose to do so, they are able to share their OWN personal update on twitter by selecting that box before they share their personal update (and nobody else's) here. I hope this clears up any…Continue
Added by Ninja on February 13, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments
In the midst of what feels like unsurvivable loss, how do we moor ourselves to the fact that even the most beautiful, most singularly gratifying things in life are merely on loan from the universe, granted us for the time being? Two millennia ago, the great Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55–135 AD) argued that the antidote to this gutting grief is found not in hedging ourselves against prospective loss through artificial self-protections but, when loss…Continue
Added by M Adams on February 3, 2019 at 8:06pm — No Comments
"Blessed is he, who has learned to bear what he cannot change, and to give up with dignity, what he cannot save." Friedrich Schiller
Added by M Adams on February 1, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments
The moon should appear at its reddest at about 9:12 p.m., with the event lasting until about 10:40 p.m.
Kelly encourages people to take a look. "You know, stop and look up and really think about [how] we are on this huge planet, moving around in space and there's very few times that we can actually be reminded and feel the effects of that," she said.
it has been three years and four months since i lost my mom 9-6-2015 and my husband 9-14-2015 and the overwhelming grief is unbearable also my husbands birthday is on the 20th of this month i don't know how much longer i can hold on,also i have so much added stress from people telling me i have to move on don't they understand that i may look okay on the outside but i am shattered inside i have been numb for so long i feel like i'm in a horrific nightmare nothing makes any sense any more i…Continue
Added by Pamela philipp on January 16, 2019 at 11:49am — No Comments
Since the phlox are dying
and the daisies with their bright bodies
have shattered in the wind,
I go out among these last dancers,
cutting to the…
Added by M Adams on December 11, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
[These recommendations from psychiatrist/tv personality Dr Amen came via this morning's e-mail -- despite the 'celebrity doctor' context and the rather directional tone, they seem worth consideration, at least I basically agree with them, and am trying to implement them -- will paste below in case they are of potential interest to others on this site.]
There is a saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go…Continue
Added by M Adams on November 21, 2018 at 10:08pm — No Comments
I have been very stressed and upset my daughter came back to my house for a while until she and her family gets on their feet which is not the problem the problem is she has made me get all the things that are important to me out of the house and put in the garage pictures mementos etc. because she thinks that I need to move on she said because it has been three years and she does not understand how she is upsetting me I don't want to be in this house like this anymore how do I make her…Continue