Bereaved Spouses

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Comment by Sara Murphy on February 17, 2019 at 5:46pm

Debbie....I'm so sorry for your loss but glad you found our group.  Finding Legacy for me saved my sanity.  These angels are the only people who can understand this pain.  Please don't hesitate to post because you're afraid of being a "downer" and reminding us of the early days.  Those days are something none of us will ever forget so your posting will not be a reminder.  If one of us can say something that will help you even a little bit then that's what we're all here for so post away.

I lost my husband Ken just over 3 years ago in Jan 2016.  He was just 52 years old and we were together for 30 years, married for almost 27 of them.  He had his own business for 20 years which was right down the street from our house.  When he passed away, I had to sell the building.   The new owners began renovating the building and parking lot.  It's been so hard to drive by there and see them "ruining" the building that Ken and his partner had spent a lot of time and money renovating themselves just about 2 years before he passed.   This is all to say I understand how hard it is for you to see Tommy's house being sold and the new owners changing everything. 

I hope you'll continue to come here and share your thoughts.  We're here to help.

Wishing you peace,


Comment by Sara Murphy on February 17, 2019 at 2:34pm

Pete....I feel similar to you in both how alone I feel and how I feel about my possessions.  It also took me until this past July, 2 1/2 years after Ken passed, to name someone as an emergency contact and I only did so because I ended up in the hospital with my gallbladder needing to come up immediately.   I really should write a will but haven't been able to bring myself to do so. 

I think your story is also a good reminder to maintain our relationships with our family and friends.  Just last month I decided that for my niece's birthdays (ages 10-17), instead of buying them a gift, the gift will be "the gift of time".  I'll take them out for a day of one on one time, do whatever they want etc.  I'll get to enjoy the gift of spending time with them and they'll have the gift of the memories when I'm gone.

I pray that your health improves.  I think about you and all my Legacy family. 

Comment by Trina Mamoon on February 17, 2019 at 9:41am
Dear Chuck,
I have missed seeing your posts here. I am so glad that your wrote. Thanks for writing and also for writing so beautifully. Your prose brings the pleasure of reading and therefore is yet more therapeutic. Your analogy of our journey of grief with music is amazing! To use a musical metaphor, it touched a chord in my heart. It’s exactly as you write for me as well. The pain of losing Joseph after four and a half years is always in the background, every single day, all the time. But now it is in a minor key that gets muted, but is ever present.
I am glad to hear that you and Steve are doing as best as you can.
Love and hugs, Trina
Comment by Charles E. Nelson on February 16, 2019 at 5:47pm

Dear Pete,

I just wanted to say that I can relate very well to your words, and remember being asked when I was in the hospital being informed that Larry had passed many questions about his wishes, my wishes, etc. For weeks this seemed to be the great concern of many around me, while I kept thinking " I've just lost the only thing that meant anything to me in this world, and you're worried about wills and directives???!!!"

I felt for so long that I would be completely alone for the rest of my days, but God smiled and led me here where i found a reason to go on. Steve and I still bear our losses of Mark and Larry in our hearts daily, and discuss them sharing stories and memories whenever something prompts us to do so. We count ourselves fortunate and blessed.

I am sorry for your health troubles - wish we were nearby to visit and offer help some way. Just know that even though I may not post much these days, you still remain in my thoughts as do all my family here - 

Love, Chuck

Comment by Charles E. Nelson on February 16, 2019 at 5:22pm

Dear Debbie R

I am sorry for the loss that brought you here, and truly feel that the caring people I have met through this family has saved my sanity and my life.

I haven't posted for awhile, but your words compelled me to pop in again letting you and everyone know that even 4 years after losing Larry, the compassion and acceptance that have met my every post have meant more than I can say, and continue to do so seeing the support and encouragement flow between members old and those new to their grief.

Debbie, it may seem sometimes that your pain will never end, and we all know that feeling too well. For me, the best way to express my journey is that my deep intense pain has gradually transitioned into a sort of quiet background constant chord playing behind the music of my day-today life. It sounds in a minor key, and grows louder sometimes competing with or drowning out all other sound, then slowly fades again into the background - but it never goes away completely. Not ever.

I send you and everyone wishes for a peaceful weekend, and hope that when those minor chords arise in your own music, you can bear them with courage and grace - they have their own special beauty, however sad they be, as do all forms of music.

Love, Chuck

Comment by Debbie R on February 16, 2019 at 8:39am

Thank you all so much for your warm replies.  They made me smile but it's funny, I hesitated to post because after reading how many of you have been dealing with your own personal nightmare for years, I felt that by chiming in I'd be a true Debbie Downer by reminding you of how bad the hut feels when you first lose your best bud.  I was afraid I'd stir up your painful memories.

This is all just so strange and I'm having trouble getting used to the fact that when I open my eyes, it'll be another day without my precious Tommy (he was adorable, beautiful sparkly blue eyes and a beautiful smile too).  To make matters worse, although he and I weren't married he lived diagonally across the street from me.  I bought my house when we were 7 years into our relationship.  He was the perfect neighbor!  He'd walk across the street and we'd hang out by the fire pit or watch Jeopardy or Walker Texas Ranger or do one of the million things we'd do together.  Our neighbors said we had the best set-up ever, it was pretty funny.  He'd come across the street at 5 a.m. and we'd "snuggle" and I so miss those mornings, it isn't even funny.

His sisters sold his house and as I write the workers are over there renovating it and I can't stand seeing all the activity because I feel like they're trespassing.  I'm sure you might wonder why he didn't leave his house to me but I told him years and years ago to leave it to his family because we weren't married and I felt they should have it, not me.  The way I look at it, he left me with so many wonderful memories that I had no need for tangible stuff, like his house.

Well, it's Saturday and I'm out to go spend the day with my brother who's moving to the Philippines next month and I'll miss him terribly.  He's been my best friend since the day he was born and I'm dreading taking him to the airport.  It'll be like another "goodbye" that I'll have to come to terms with.

I'm sorry if I'm rambling but just felt like getting this off my chest.  I hope you all have a decent weekend and enjoy whatever time you spend with friends or other loved ones to the fullest.  Thank you again for the sweet replies.  They're priceless and I'm glad I found you. 

Comment by DJ on February 15, 2019 at 10:28am

Debbie, so sorry for your loss.  I lost my wife to brain cancer five years ago.  I stumbled onto this group when my heartache seemed unbearable. As much as none of us want to be here because of the price of admission, it was immediately the safe haven I didn't think could possibly exist.   We are all on this crushing grief journey - the path is different for each of us, but we know first-hand the anguish of being on it.  There are many Angel's here; I hope you can take some comfort from their empathy.

Comment by Pete Bronson on February 14, 2019 at 10:56pm

I hope everyone was able to get through today OK. Valentine's Day was kind of a special day for Rose and I. It was the first holiday together for us after we started living together as a couple being 6 days after we moved in together. She was 7 years older then me but being I was only a week past my 18th birthday and she just a month past 25 we were still fairly young. Even though 8 plus years has passed since her passing the emotional wounds still run very deep. My current health issues do not make it easier.

Today I was asked by a new friend with great concern "If something were to happen to me who should/would anyone contact?". Being I am estranged from my entire family I was unable to provide a solid answer other than my only request was to be cremated and placed in the urn with Rose. I was then asked about my possessions to which I replied "It did not matter to me as I would have no further use for them and would not be in a condition to protest."! I think I really blew their mind with my replies. But it is as brutally honest as I could be at that moment in time and it reminded me just how alone I actually am, we all are! 

As depressing as it is I thought I would share this with the group. Perhaps it is the encouragement, in a round about way, some of us need to try to get re-acquainted with family, relatives, close friends, or try again to find that special someone.

Be safe, stay healthy, may peace and solace find you,

Warm Regards,


Comment by Marsha H on February 14, 2019 at 3:37pm

Valentine's Day was only special to Ernie and I because I would cook a fancy meal, make him a heart-shaped cake and we'd give each other cards.  I would get flowers (of course not always roses) but we used Valentine's Day just to spend the evening together after a nice meal, dessert and then sit in front of an open fireplace all cuddled up together.  We did this because our lives were busy, but always knew we loved each other and Valentine's Day didn't need to remind us.  Since Ernie passed away I still get him a Valentine's card and place it on top of his box of ashes.  May sound strange, but I feel he's still around and he's my one and only.  One never knows.

I too look at other couples racing around buying cards or gifts of some sort and it feels like my heart is plucked out so like Trina, I try not to look and keep as far away from anything that is a reminder.  

I wish all of you peace for today and just remember the good memories and that your loved one is there with you.  I honestly believe that.

Hugs to all


Comment by Mary. Jane on February 14, 2019 at 12:38pm

Hello and welcome, Debbie.

you have come to a wonderful place...everyone here is going through what you are experiencing, some recently, some a few years in. So we know what to say, we know exactly how you are feeling, cuz we are experiencing the same thing. I bless the day I finally found this place, for it has been a life saver. I come here and pour my heart out, and the good people here I hope you will continue to come here..even if you don,t feel like posting, somtimes just reading what we have/are experiencing is very cathartic. 

My husband of almost 49 years, died 3 years ago, of brain and stomach fact, next week it will be the 3rd anniversary of his death. I miss him more than I could ever express...and have spent the last 3 years basically just sitting around, doing nothing but aching for him. The last year, I have had to sort through his things, and my stuff, as I have to move back to California. 

We never threw anything out...and it has been heart wrenching trying to let go of most of his things..but it has to be done. Of course, I am keeping all the very special stuff...but every tiny thing has a memory attached..sorting thru .the photographs has been the biggest nightmare...

i am happy to see you keep a journal. So do I...I have already filled one up, and am half way through another...Bob died at home, with myself and our kitty...and I thank God every day he didn,t die in some hospital, but at home with people who loved him. I get the feeling Tommy’s death was unexpected, and I am so sorry. 

Valentine’s Day is just another day for me...Bob wasn,t very good with holidays...I think he resented the fact that our society dictates assigned days when we are all supposed to buy cards and flowers, and be HAPPY, DAMNIT! 

I wish u well...and hope you continue coming here.


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