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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Thank you, Wilela! It was beautiful!
I had this music for my Ernie's Celebration of Life ...
This is in honor of Diane's father, husband and all our spouses.
I'm crying, so should you, it cleanses the spirit and keeps us strong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8AeV8Jbx6M
With much love
Theresa ... I am happy you have the stone for Bruce and it is a finality, but remember, only their body is there and his spirit lives within you. The flowers sound so lovely and I'm sure Bruce knows they are there. Today I just sold Ernie's boat which was so dear to him and I felt like throwing myself on the bow of the boat. One part of me didn't want to let it go, yet I had no choice and it felt like I was giving bits and pieces of Ernie's memory away little by little, but then I slapped myself silly and reminded myself it was just a material item and he is 'home' now where he is without pain and at peace. I often envy that. They left imprints on our lives and their strength and wisdom and for that very reason this is what keeps us going. Know that we are all here to pick up one another when we fall.
Diane ... I am so very sorry your father passed away. My father passed away in 1973 at the age of 61 and I know how you feel because we never feel our parents will ever pass on. The service you described was fitting for a wonderful man like your father and I have no doubt he was looking down on family and friends with a big smile ... it's called, 'going home.' He is with your Rich now and I truly believe that both of them are watching over you. I know it isn't easy for you to lose the two most beloved, strongest men in your life, but they are not gone from you life hon. They are in your heart and by you giving you strength. Cry until you can't cry anymore. I try to think of my father and Ernie as having done a glorious job on earth and they were 'called home.' One day we will join them all again and until that time the imprints they made on our lives we'll carry proudly and move forward in our lives with much more wisdom and empathy towards ourselves and others.
I am sending you huge hugs and prayers my friend
Dear Diane. My sympathies on the loss of your father. It was a lovely tribute your father received from his community. It must really stay with you how much he was admired and cared for and not forgotten. It will provide a very lovely memory for you to keep. Your dad is at peace now and you can take some comfort in that too.
My own father-in-law was also a Fire Chief in a small California town for 20 years. They are a tight knit community so I am not surprised at the outpouring your dad received.
Take care Diane, we are thinking of you,
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