Grief support groups, condolence advice, funeral etiquette and more
A continutaion of the "When a Spouse or Partner Dies" thread.
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This might be a rough time for many of you. Do what you feel you need to do to get through it. Remember, someone is here almost all the time to talk to you.
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Mary.Jane ... I'm truly sorry that you had that terrible reaction to cortisone and became deeply depressed. I can still the odd time get deeply depressed and all one can do is rest and either come on Legacy or, for some keep to oneself. You are tough girl, so hope you are feeling much better.
To follow up on Option B, I've now finished it and discovered that there is a huge online support group on Facebook. Just put in Option B and it will take you there. One of the most inspirational blogs is from Patton Oswald whose wife died a year ago in her sleep at 40 something years old. He's a really good writer and I think that most of you would like reading not only his words, but what others have commented on.
Gretchen ... So good to hear from you. Not much going on just outside of Vancouver, B.C. where I live with the exception that we have a lot of cold, rainy days and the very few days we get with a little sun it torments us by going behind clouds and the weather can turn nasty in a Nano second. Planting will be late, but I managed to get out in my gardens one day and really worked up a fever doing as much as I could.
April 27 was the 6th anniversary of Ernie's passing and I found this year that I just didn't want to celebrate it. Of course I do love him, miss him with all my heart, but the reality is he isn't coming back so no reason to celebrate. I only celebrate our wedding anniversary and Christmas.
Like most of us have ups and downs and little by little things are getting a wee bit better. I find after one has gotten over the intense grief (each person is different) I have certainly faced reality and tried to reinvent my life as best I can. It's sure not easy though.
Hope you are doing well and don't be a stranger.
Don't know if any of you have read it yet, but I highly recommend Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. I'm about 3/4 of the way thru and find it very helpful. She addresses pretty much everything that we all have gone thru, are going thru or will go thru.
Dear Tiffany ... I wish I could wave a magic wand and take away all your grief, but unfortunately we have all come to realize grief is part of life whether we like it or not. I truly feel your pain because you boyfriend and you didn't even have time together as a couple, getting married, etc. Death doesn't make sense to any of us when the person is so young.
Your grief is far too raw yet and when I went to counseling they said not to make any important decisions for a year or until YOU feel ready. Grief is a process where we cry our eyes out, having problems sleeping or perhaps either eating too much to fill that pain or don't have an appetite. We tend you bury ourselves in our work to shut out the pain, but we all know once home we have the reality of grief shoved in our face. It can seem for some of us that Grim Reaper has parked at our door when all we hear is bad news and I went through that myself. Two friends passed away for me, then my Ernie's youngest brother and now his oldest brother has heart issues and it doesn't sound good.
The young man that is interested in you seems to care enough about you to wait until you feel the time is right. He's doing the only thing he knows and that's to keep the conversation light because there are no words of wisdom from those who have not lost someone close to them. If you need to talk and you feel he's understanding then be honest with him about your feelings. Apparently, he's wise enough to give you some space, but that doesn't mean you can't keep him in your life as a friend for the time being. It is strictly up to you.
Guilt is one phase we all go through with questions such as, 'Did I do enough?' 'What did I miss.' 'I should have paid more attention.' Perhaps an small argument ensued or you didn't let your boyfriend know how much you loved him close to the time of his death. We all go through this. It's very normal and you did nothing wrong. Your boyfriend knew you loved him without even saying a word.
You are not crazy and your posts are not too long. Often posting about your feelings alleviates pressure and knowing the angels on Legacy know exactly how you feel brings one peace. My Ernie passed away in 2011 and April 27th was the anniversary of his death. I was able to face reality that he was never coming back, but do believe they are around us guiding us through our grief and wanting us to be happy. I talk t Ernie in the car or at home and I don't care if anyone feels that's crazy or not. We were married for almost 40 years. No matter what the age or how long you've known the person who passed away grief is grief and hurts just as much. Just keep coming back to Legacy as we're here for you Tiffany and will always lead you down the right path from our own experiences.
PS : grief is indeed a bitch...and sometimes when a bitch tries to knock you down, all you can do is be a bitch right back at her!
I wish to concur with Sara's opinion regarding the fact that your grief is much too raw and fresh to feel comfortable allowing anyone, no matter how well meaning, to rush you toward anything for which you are not ready. We all here realize from our sharing with one another that unless a person has experienced for themselves the devastation of losing their most most beloved soulmate, they cannot fathom the vulnerable state in which we exist.
A true friend will try to understand and allow you as much time and space as you need to get through this early period of guilt, sadness, and confusion after your terrible loss. It is probably good that he is honest in expressing his growing attachment, but it is even better that you let him know you are dealing with all you can handle right now.
A favorite phrase I picked up somewhere has been my response countless times over the past two years whenever someone asks when I will be ready for "fill-in-the-blank". I look into their eyes and quietly say "I'm dancing as fast as I can." Often this is met with a confused silence and quick glances toward the door, but some intuitive friends simply get it and say "OK - I don't mean to pressure you - I'm sorry."
I know you will have mixed feelings about relationships, love, and guilt and also know that you will get through this...just give yourself what you are asking of your friend - time.
Wishing you a peaceful day and week,
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