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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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Precious cargo indeed!
Thanks for the kind words. When it is said do not live in the past (at least by therapists) it does not mean forget it just means do not let the past keep you from experiencing the present. Our memories are all we have of our loved ones so of course do not forget or ignore them. It is OK to preserve our memories. My Rose was actually a contestant on Wheel Of Fortune (Yes she was the grand prize winner). I had my VHS tape converted to DVD. The sound quality is not that good but you still get a decent picture and can understand everything. So I don't blame you one bit for doing it yourself.
Dear Chuck ...
Thank you for the wonderful compliment. You know, I can still swing around on my broom, take a nose dive and land in your front yard ... face plant! LOL
I am so happy you have putting all your memories on DVD. I have done the same. Anyone that tells us that we should forget our past and move forward doesn't know what life is about. To remember those that we loved and have passed on to the family and friends we have now is so very precious and each person we come into contact with leaves an imprint on us and good memories. Bad memories make us strong, but the good memories heal those wounds. To look back in our lives shows us how well we lived life even throughout our mistakes and now it's time to look forward and make new memories to add to our list.
With much love
Chuck.....Memories are too precious to be let go of. Ken's grandmother, who passed just 2 years before him at the age of 96, would routinely mention how precious her memories were and how grateful she was to have them. She lost her husband in her 60's and her daughter (Ken's mother). I didn't fully understand at the time when she would say "at least I have my memories" but I sure understand it now. Also nothing wrong with converting your home movies to dvd. I hope no one is suggesting you discard all photos of Larry so why should you discard home movies? That's part of your history. I hope you do move forward with it. We converted my parents wedding footage to dvd and I'm glad we did.
Much love to everyone here.
Like you, I am usually lurking somewhere in the background here, reading but without time or energy to post. I send belated wishes for peace and a hug for your and Rose's anniversary. I always smile when I see you here, because I think and pray for you often. Be well, and thank you for keeping us up with your status. You may be silent sometimes, but your presence is felt my friend -
Dear Chicago Beard,
I apologize for not doing so sooner, but I want to acknowledge your and Rose's anniversary. I so remember the first time you mentioned it during my first year - the sentiment about memories is lovely and truer than anything. I lost count of the times I've heard talk about not living in the past and letting go of memories. I ask "Why?" What can possibly be wrong with remembering the people, places, and things that all were a part of who we are now? I am having some old home movies copied onto DVD format to preserve them, and I see nothing unhealthy or morbid in that at all. Maybe it's just me, but I would feel like I was jettisoning myself if I discarded my past memories, both good and bad.
Be well, and sending you wishes for a peaceful day -
Thank you is all I can say. Last night "The Wizard Of Oz" was on TV, and I know you won't take this the wrong way - I thought of you! All the funny comments about hopping on your broomstick and flying down to visit me during my first awful year came back, and I thought you were only allowed to say that because there is more Samantha to you than Margaret Hamilton. I know, I've seen your photo!
Just wanted to say hello and that we think of you every day -
Love, Chuck & Steve
Dear Chicago Beard ... Thank you for those words and they are so peaceful.
Dear Mary.Jane ...
I have been praying and thinking of you often and feel so much better with the generous offer Chuck and Steve have given you. I hope you take them up on it.
I apologize for not coming on Legacy, but have not had any of the messages coming into my 'in box' for several days. Doesn't mean I don't think of each and every one of you.
I get so frustrated that I can't help more because most of you in the U.S. and I live in Canada. If I was close to any of you that needed help you know you could count on me.
Take care my dear friend and keep us up-to-date.
Dear Chuck & Steve ... I echo the sentiments given to you and you've been so encouraging and kind to me as well and often kept me afloat. There are just not enough words to thank you and what a wonderful offer you have made Mary.Jane, which sure puts my mind at rest for her.
Love you both
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