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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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'm just now catching up on my reading and want to especially reach out to Christine. I haven't commented on her posts yet. My heart is breaking for her but also, I see so much of myself not only in her words, but in the responses from others. Christine.........you don't know my story so I'll briefly tell you. I lost my husband Ken in Jan 16. I met him in 1986 when I was 20 and lost him when I was 50 so I spent my entire adult life with him up until that point. He is the absolute love of my life, the only person I've ever really wanted to spend time with and losing him was essentially losing my own life. In fact, I consider 1/13/16 as the day my life ended and my existence began. I understand everything you are feeling because I still cry for him every day and tell him I don't know how much longer I can do this. I don't see a future. I don't see light or feel joy. I don't believe I'll ever be happy again. Through all this though, I've never really thought of suicide. I have enough of Ken's dilauded and fentanyl patches to choke a horse but would never take them. He fought so hard for each day he had that if I were to just give up and end it, he would be so mad. I also wouldn't disrespect him that way. Deb P wrote that we all believe the love we have we our spouses can't possibly be matched by anyone else and she's right. I would tell Ken all the time that he was the most loved man on the planet. It's probably hard for you to believe but life is a gift from God. Now, this is something I have to remind myself of daily but I do believe it. I hold on because I believe that when the time is right, God will lead me to where I'm supposed to be next. Like I said, I don't see it but I'm trying to hold on to my faith. I hope you'll hold on as well. Please take care of yourself.
Sara ... I thought you were very quiet. I know how it feels too to have no computer and it's like my right arm was cut-off. LOL It's great to see you post again. Welcome back!
Dear Christine ... I am sure we all have felt like not going on and ending it all; I know I sure did. I felt when Ernie passed that he took my spirit with him. I did what you did, saved pills that Ernie had, thought of suicide and when would be the right time. Felt I was in my own lost world and who would care if I died or not. I only saw a blackness in front of me and no light at all. I questioned God, in fact, felt God had actually singled me out and I wasn't worthy of having my Ernie with me any longer. I ached inside when I saw others I know with their spouses, smiling, preparing holidays and it angered and saddened me all at the same time. THEN, as I hung on with some strength I realized as I got to be around family and friends that although they hadn't had a spouse pass away they certainly had some serious other issues in their lives and I realized that all those so-called smiling faces were masks, just like the one I put on every day I had to go out and face the world. Inside, my heart was tearing apart. From there I got stronger, knew Ernie wouldn't want me to end up taking my own life and that it was important I went on carrying that torch of memories of him so that no one would forget him. When I started to see clearer I realized my family and friends did care about me and it would be cruel to them to end my life. I began to see on local news the terrible things that happen to others that made me realize although deeply hurting they were far worse off than myself. I literally forced myself to volunteer and get out there and try to help other people instead of centering on myself, but I didn't do that until just over a year after Ernie's passing. Christine, if you do take your own life what do you think your step-daughter will feel like? You will leave behind those that love you wondering what they could have done to help you and they sure will miss you!!!!
Try to hang on for a little bit longer at least as you are in raw grief. If I can make it 6 years and learn to laugh again and find new friends in my life (never ever will I forget Ernie) so can you. My one savior is my great-niece who is only 2 and when I feel down I look at her and I just want to be around to see her grow up. I feel satisfied in some ways when I volunteer and it gives me a purpose in life. Who knows what is in my future because I'm 75 years old and I'll be damned if I'm going to give up on life. We all have a purpose and we don't always see that purpose when we are going through raw grief. Hang on hon for at least a little while. Put the pills away, take the pills you should be taking and I suggest you go to a group grief counseling where you will physically see others in the same light you are feeling. It helps and again, please stay with us here as we're with you every step of the way.
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Deborah ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you can manage to have a good birthday and spend it with family or friends or better yet, both!
I am sure you have heard all the cliches that are supposed to make us feel better. Grief is not easy, it's not fair and there is no miracle cure. It has been two years since I lost Melanie. I can look back now and see how much I have changed but one thing remains the same. I still love her and miss her. I talk to her almost daily. I have no idea how many times I have been driving and have to pull over because I started crying. Just know you are among friends here.
Ok went to therapy yesterday. The therapist was an older man, very nice. Told him about my history and that my husband just passed. He said that I have been thru a lot and that my grief is raw. Ok..knew that. So then we got into a discussion about suicide. Since I know something about it because of my brother I wanted to know why so many people think it is wrong. Aren't we supposed to be the best person we can be and aren't we supposed to appreciate God's world that he put us on? I was taught that God wants us to be happy. So.....if we hurt so bad, find no joy in life, no reason to wake up in the morning, why can't we just die? I know that Jesus suffered for us. I can't believe that he wants this. There is so much suffering in the world and since he gave us free will, can't we end our own suffering? He wants to see me in two weeks. He doesn't feel that I'm ready to give up yet. I can not and will not go years like this!! He also thinks that my weight loss...36 lbs since Aug. 25....and not taking my :-P pills the way I should and not wanting to have the lump in my breast checked that I'm trying to die. I never thought that...maybe he's right. It's not unheard of . I cannot look to tomorrow let alone months from now. I told him my insurance won't pay till March. He said if I really wanted to die I wouldn't care. No. I don't want anyone to have to pay for my cremation or lot rent or utility bills till things are settled. My one step daughter is struggling and I want her to have my place. Yesterday err today I stopped at her place for a bit but on the way home I started to have a panic attack. Yep, while driving. I made it home but was shaking really bad for a good hour. So...if I want to die why not in a car crash? That doesn't always work. Between my :-P meds and the nine fentanyl patches I have left and intend to keep as they don't expire till 10/18. I'm 66 I have nothing left to live for. Time heals,time changes,grief subsides. Crap
Hello dear family.....I've been going through withdrawals the last few days. I've been without a computer (hard drive crash) for nearly a week and haven't been able to log in. I'm going to catch up over the next couple days but want you to know you've been in my thoughts.
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