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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I would like to Thank Everyone for their kindhearted love and support during my very difficult time. I was overwhelmed with the responses that I got, not that I should be surprised at all. You are always there for me, and for each other. It has been a very difficult time for me. I am in a major depression and think that I need to call and talk to my bereavement counselor. I did not go to any bereavement groups after Rich passed away. But I am feeling like I need to talk to someone. My Dad's illness and passing has brought me full circle back to when Rich was ill. My Dad was my rock when Rich passed away. He helped me with so much around the house. And when the tree fell on my house, he was here to help. Although he was 80 years old, he was still a very handy man. I love and miss him so much, and I truly believe that he and Rich are together in heaven watching over the families. I know that Rich would have been there waiting to receive my Dad. They were the best of buds when they were here on earth. My step mom is having a very difficult time of it now too. I am trying to be strong for her, but it is so hard. I know that I will survive this set back, but damn it is difficult. I know that you are all here for me and will help me get through this. And I love you all for it!! Thanks to all, I say a special prayer for each and everyone of you... Chicago Beard, Stacey, Jane P, Janeo, Barbara, Theresa, Carol, Marcy, Georgia, Karen W, and Frank. You all are the wind beneath my wings!!!!
Love and Hugs!!!!
Janeo ... I am so sorry about the flooding and hope it's all cleaned up by now. Don't feel bad about making wrong decisions to have something fixed around the house because I've been stung a couple of times, but, much wiser for it. My first big mistake was looking for a reliable landscaper and last year I thought I found one and this guy (Asian) would come up at night like a blasted Ninja through my rockery spraying so-called environmentally safe weed killer and all through my park-like backyard and killed off a lot of my wild flowers. What a mess! Of course I fired him. I often blog companies now or try to go through someone one of my family or friends has gone through.
A couple of tips for you ... use heaters inside to be sure everything is dry. Then get good, thick underlay for the carpet (cheaper) and a cheaper carpet. I did that once in this house and it last forever.
Dear Janeo -- This past winter, a pipe burst in my garage-converted TV room. My daughters helped me and we used a Shop-Vac, plus a rug shampooer to suck up as much of the water as possible from the rug. Then we pulled up the entire rug and padding. We discarded the padding and purchased new from a local carpet store. Before laying the new padding, we had to thoroughly clean and dry the cement floor. We used a mold-killing detergent to clean the floor, then used fans and electric heaters to dry it -- it took 3 days. During that time, we rolled out the carpet on our porch and inspected it for damage. Since it was still in good shape, we air-dried it for the 3 days, hanging it over our long porch railings. we also used fans and electric heaters to dry the carpet backing. With the help of our teen-aged grandchildren and their friends, we laid down the new padding with new adhesive and the dry carpeting, re-tacking it to the original tack strips. It was a huge under-taking and we could not have done it without the help of everyone in the family. A plumber repaired the broken pipe and we inserted an air vent in the wall to allow warm air from the room to prevent the pipe from freezing again. I know your circumstances are quite different, but I just wanted you to know how our family, working together, was able to overcome the disaster. In fact, the TV room was originally converted, by my wonderful husband, to be a bedroom for my mother. Both my husband and my mother are gone, now -- but, I thank God that we are still a family that works together. My husband could build anything and he taught us all so much about being self-sufficient.
When I first saw the water-soaked carpet in my TV room, I just felt so helpless, frightened and alone -- but, family came through for me. I wish you success with restoring your flooded apartment, and will remember you in my prayers, dear.
Love and hugs,
Hi Frank ... It's great to see you post again and you have been greatly missed. We're all still here (sometimes some of us off and on, but still watching this forum) to pick up those that fall as we had have our journey in the unknown future, but we will survive!
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