Bereaved Spouses

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Comment by deborah peck on November 2, 2017 at 10:28pm

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

Comment by deborah peck on November 2, 2017 at 10:23pm

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

Comment by Marsha H on November 2, 2017 at 6:08pm

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.

Comment by Kaela Roster Federle on November 2, 2017 at 4:16pm

Hello everyone,

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. :-(

- Kaela

Comment by Marsha H on November 2, 2017 at 3:58pm

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. 

Comment by Chicago Beard on November 2, 2017 at 10:33am

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.

Comment by deborah peck on November 2, 2017 at 10:04am

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

Comment by deborah peck on November 2, 2017 at 9:53am

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

Comment by Michael Smith on November 2, 2017 at 7:08am


our oldest son got married 8 months after Melanie passed. towards the end of the reception my family started getting together for some family pictures. When i looked across the hall I saw melanie's family doing the same thing without including me. Her brothers wife was the person to notice that I wasn't in the pictures and they called me over. A couple months later I saw that her mother posted a picture on facebook of her Family. It was one of the photo's taken before I joined them. They still tell me that I'm part of the family but I'm usually the last to hear about anything. I always felt like an outsider and now it seems to be coming true.

Comment by Marsha H on November 2, 2017 at 12:30am

Sara ...  Something similar happened to me within a few months of Ernie's passing.  It's possible they thought they were doing the right thing, but since Ken has passed away they may have thought it was too much for you to handle.  That being said, they chose the wrong way to do it and should have let you know.  I really don't think they meant any harm.  If there are other incidences that have come up and you weren't included then you need to talk to the family in as calm a manner as you can and let them know how you feel.  I find communication so important and when something like this happens to me I go to the source and let them know I don't appreciate being left out of things regarding family considering they consider you family.


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