Dear Jane. Very sorry to hear of your loss. My husband passed away 2 weeks short of his 58th birthday from colon cancer, 1 year ago August 31st. We were married 39 years. I also lost my mom and then my dad 9 months within each other, so I know what you mean, all those people who loved us and would give us a hug when we needed it, now not there. Hard to expect others to fill that void, even though they have the best of intentions. Yes life does go on, whether we want it to or not. Through the journey you may find you need new people in your life not others you thought you could depend on. Others don't understand the pain and the loss if they have not gone through it, while they may try. Try and reach out and glad you are coming to the site, it is good to share stories with others who know how it feels.
I send my condolences on the death of your beloved husband and best friend. My husband died 2 years ago a week after our 26th wedding anniversary. He was my best friend and we had a relationship that will be with me forever. I too was Douglas's caregiver. And I would do it again -- without any complaining or regret. It has taken me this long to accept that he is now at peace and out of pain. Hospice was a God send and I am forever thankful for this wonderful organization and its staff. Angels on earth!
My heart is broken and no amount of duct tape will fix it. The pain of my husband's death has eased somewhat and although I still have what I call "grief bursts" they don't last as long. What I now have in place of the pain and emptiness are the beautiful memories he and I made together. I smile when I hear a favorite song -- and cry as well. You will have many moments of emptiness, feelings of lonliness, and the grief will seem unbearable at times. But trust me when I say that you are going to be okay. It does take "time" which is something all of us on this site have heard far too many times. It will happen for you as well. The first year -- that year of experiencing all the holidays and special moments "alone" will be the most difficult. But you will get through it. Stay with us on this site and we will be here for you. All of us has been or is going through that dreadful first year of grief. You are numb and that is actually a good thing. It is your body's way of protecting itself and getting you through this difficult emotional situation. Is the second year any better? Yes -- but you will still grieve the loss of your wonderful husband, you will still miss him, and you will wish you could talk or touch him one more time. I don't think that ever goes away. But you will also realize that he is no longer in pain and is watching over you every moment. And that is what gets me through the rough spots. My Douglas is watching over me -- and he is in a healthy body once again. And I know that he and I will be together again.
Jane, you will discover that life does continue to move forward and those around us who are not as involved with the death seem to be going ahead with life. They are and so are you, but at a different pace and awareness. I feel your pain -- been there! Trust me, in time that pain will ease. I can't say it will ever go away completely, but it does take on a new dimension. I miss my husband every day. There are days when I don't think I will make it, but I do. His unconditional love and beautiful memories are what keeps me going. That love will never die. He is in my heart forever. I came across a poem a few weeks ago that might help you.
"Remember Me" by David Harkins
Do not shed tears when I have gone
but smile instead because I have lived.
Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I’ll come back
but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.
I know your heart will be empty because you cannot see me
but still I want you to be full of the love we shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live only for yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of what happened
between us yesterday.
You can remember me and grieve that I have gone
or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.
You can cry and lose yourself become distraught
and turn your back on the world
or you can do what I want - smile, wipe away the tears,
learn to love again and go on.
May this poem bring you some comfort. Keep posting on this site. We are all here for each other. I send you love, peace, comfort and continued strength as you travel down the road of grief. We are on that same path and will be here to lend you and everyone else just starting the journey to find some sense of healing.
Have a blessed evening!
I went through the same situation with my wife. The anniversary of her death is September 26th. She was truly my soul mate and losing her was like being a Siamese twin separated by a chain saw. People do not know what to say to you so they say nothing. What you did for love was the right thing. I still have my wife's home health records sitting on a chair. I have donated all of her excess medical supplies to a couple of doctors who travel to places without resources. I still cry every day over my love but life has gone on and I am starting to enjoy it a little again. The pain does not go away but does get less acute. Your husband will always be with you in your heart. Let yourself breathe again and start on your new road. Not a better road but a new one nonetheless. There will be joy again but it will also be muted. This is what I have experienced so far on my new journey.
Jane, I am very sorry you have to go through this, its not an easy journey. I lost my husband 31 yrs ago at the age of 38, and I Lost my secound husband 15 yrs ago, from cancer after 10 yrs of marriage. I Can tell you , that in time after all the pain, and tears you will begin to come to terms with this loss.For me I had to feel the pain before I was able to heal. Dont run from it because it will be right there waiting for you when your through running.. Start a journal.. put all your feelings in it.. I call it screaming on paper. It helps. In 5 yrs, take that book out and read it, then you will see how much better you have gotten. God Bless you, and give you the strength to get through this most difficult time.