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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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Marsha and Deborah,
Thank you both so much for validating my feelings about the holidays. I am just realizing they will be harder than I thought. Halloween was always kind of our holiday. When we were younger we'd go out and as we got older we didn't do much but we'd go out to dinner or drive around or walk around, watch movies, carve pumpkins, etc. On Halloween this year in the middle of pumpkin carving I just burst into tears and went to go cry in my room. I didn't think I wanted to participate anymore but I ended up finishing the pumpkin, putting on the costume and handing out the candy and I ended up enjoying myself.
Anyway, it just sucks. I am sorry again to hear about the family conflicts. I was talking to my mother-in-law tonight and she has been having a lot of conflict with her other son. Lots of tension as everyone is grieving. Sigh.
Debby ... I am so sorry I got it confused and no, it wasn't your fault at all. Now I understand! Still, you are right you would think your first husband's family would want your children around so they could still have part of their son. I know at this time so many things are coming at you and you're not sure where you're going yet, but just soak up the love Greg's family has for you and the girls and never mind about your first in-laws. It is their loss!
By the way, I was married before and the marriage last 3 1/2 years and then I met my soul mate Ernie and we were married for almost 40 years. I feel so blessed to have met him and have so many fond memories of the two of us. Some people never get that.
Marsha, I know this is so confusing to other people, it is the family of my 1st husband Rob who don't have anything to do with me or my girls, My second husband Gregs family totally embraces us into their family, sometimes since Greg has passed I have a hard time separating the two of them since going thru this twice is very confusing in my head at times so cant imagine how it is for other people to understand. You are right in the fact that I cant understand how my girls dads family would not want to see them at least as they are a part of him, its their loss. Debby
Kaela, I'm so sorry you are having such a rough time right now, I know it just kinda comes in waves doesn't it and it seems to me that the waves go on longer now then in the beginning, I don't know why that is like this for me. Being tired really does make a difference in how you are coping, hopefully this wave will pass soon for you. Debby
Hi Kaela ... Thank you for sharing that informative and encouraging post regarding families.
It is very normal to get depressed and feel out of sorts when occasions such as Halloween and coming holidays are near. Once we had our spouses to share these things with and now we miss them more than ever. I started by keeping up the Christmas tradition in my home because Ernie and I loved Christmas and I've continued to do so. I did actually find some peace in it all. I have no children, but a 2 year old Great-Niece and even though this year I just haven't felt all warm and fuzzy for the up-coming holidays I will continue to put that tree up. As time goes by we grow stronger through our grief and although we will always miss our spouses we the heart-wrenching feelings we had at the beginning of grief become less. I suppose we get use to the new routine. Getting angry is also normal. I've gotten angry at God and the very love of my life Ernie just because he passed away. Sounds silly because he couldn't help it, but the hurt in our hearts and the day-to-day struggles make us feel lonely, depressed and often alone. That to shall pass.
I wish you peace and only good things coming your way.
I just wanted to come on here and reach out and say hi. I have been noticing everyone has been having difficulties with their family, especially as the holidays are upon us. I am lucky that I am so close with my husband's family and they treat me like a daughter. I have been having conflicts with my own family though. I think the stress and the grief just gets to everyone and everyone ends up butting heads and not doing the right things, and maybe this is also the case with your families.
I also wanted to reach out on here again because I have been going through a really rough time the last two weeks. I am not sure if its because of Halloween and the beginning of the holidays or what but I am just having a really, really, rough time. I just feel extremely depressed and angry. I don't know what to do with myself. School has been keeping me very busy, so I am probably just really exhausted. I just miss him so much its unbearable. Can't stand it. :-(
Debbie P .... I feel so sad for you that Greg's family has not accepted you and your girls. It's odd to say the least because generally the mother of the deceased wants the children of their son or daughter around as it's part of them. Perhaps when you feel up to it call them and have a chat with them. Often people are just guessing at how we must be feeling when our spouse has passed away. I hope and pray all turns out for you.
I too put up a Christmas tree in memory of Ernie and have a wreath over the fireplace and after 2 years started to have two Christmas buffets; one for my own immediate family and one for friends. It did help. Now I have a great-niece who is just 2 years old and I feel I should put up the tree this year for her as well.
Have been reading the posts about not being included in family affairs once our loved one passed away. That is one area where I was blessed. I was treated the same even though it was my Rose that everyone liked more than me. Everyone has also accepted my new relationship with no issues. I am fortunate in that regard.
Dear Mary Jane, I hope this finds you feeling better, Ive found that when I am tired or sick I have a lot harder time of missing Greg, I think its because when we are sick we just cant cope as well and also its hard to do it alone. I know the holidays are hard no matter how much time has passed. I love Christmas and usually put up 3 three trees and sooo many decorations, not sure how I will be able to do that this year but I am doing one tree on my porch in Auburn Tigers decorations to honor Greg as that's his favorite football team, hes from Alabama originially, , but we all know WE will get thru it somehow. love Debbie
Sara and Marsha, I too experienced the same thing when my first husband passed away, I could never figure out why his side of the family didn't include me in anything or our three little girls, I think its a constant reminder that they aren't around anymore so its easier for them not to be reminded by seeing us. I thought it was very sad when they had such a part of him in our girls, I don't understand it except to say they missed out on a big part of my husband
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