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May, I know I have not monitored this site as frequently as the years have gone by, but I do understand. I lost my wife after 35 years of our being together. That was 11 years ago, but the pain is still very real. If ever you want to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me here or at my personal email of carebear1954 at comcast.net. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know that even breathing is hard to do.
I am so sorry for your loss. I think you will find the FB page more beneficial. Please join us there at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LGBTgriefsupport/. Hope to see you there.
You must be in Alaska or maybe up north on the east coast! Spring has pretty much begun. Here in Houston, we did not have much of a winter to speak of anyway. I think it got below 30 only once or twice and not for very long. Pretty much windbreaker weather all winter! That was kind of nice since I spent the Christmas holidays with Judy's family in Washington and it was like -7 to a high of maybe 36 the whole week with snow. I happen to like snow, so that was really ok for me. Then I spent New Year's with two of my best friends in Sante Fe, NM and the same weather there. So, after 2 weeks of all that cold, I was ready for some warm weather. As for the pictures, I have them all loaded on my laptop. We also did a celebration of life for the Houston family and friends (Judy went to Washington where she is from to finish out her days with family). For that celebration, I printed off about a dozen pictures and had them framed. So, they are now every where I look in the house. I'm glad to have them around! I'm thinking I need to get that book. Before Judy passed, I had one request, for herto leave me a voice memo on my phone for me to have after she passed. Judy never got around to doing that for me. A real regret I have now. Wishing to hear her voice! Maybe Judy had more wisdom than I have at this point... maybe she knew that would be harder for me if I had the voice memo. Her sister has the ability to see people who have died. She has seen Judy twice already. Once, she saw Judy sitting by me holding my hand! Her ability to do that really makes me jealous!!! That is a good idea about making a memoir of Judy. I had not thought of that. I'm glad Kira and Kenzie are taking to each other and I'm glad they help fill your time. As for the baby, make Wen proud, be the Aunty for you and Wen!! How is the meal train working out for you? By the way, that profile photo is taken in Hawaii in December late 2014 (just before Judy began to start feeling bad in January 2015). Judy is on the right.
Wow, you can do yard work right now and trim palms! We had -15 F last night! Now it's 12F. There is no being outside. I too love yard work, once the weather gets nice. One of Wen's and my routines was to wander around our yard, looking at our flowers and other plants, how they grow and change, sitting in our matching zero-gravity chairs, sipping ice-tea, looking out into the fields...I don't even know how I'll handle that once I can do that again in the spring. It's going to be so hard not having her be with me for all that.
I love to take photos so I have tons of pics of Wen, Wen and our boys, and Wen and myself. I gave Wen a Nixplay wireless digital frame for our solstice celebration 2014 and it constantly runs showing me so many of our pics and through them the memories. I also have a couple of very short videos (lke 1 min. long) and they are so precious to me because I can see Wen move and hear her voice. The first time I called her cell phone, which I had just gotten her on Black Friday, three weeks before she died, and listened to her voice recording, I burst out in such a terrible crying spell - not just because of hearing her voice but because it already sounded strange and I felt I was forgetting it. I kept calling the phone again and again until I recognized her voice again. Now I watch the videos almost every day - I couldn't do without it, even though it is also incredibly painful. But you WILL NOT FORGET your love. I completely believe that. I do believe the connection we have with our beloved partner, our soulmate, our everything is still different from what we have with our parents. I recently read a book called "Finding my banana bread man" and the author writes about various things that he does to keep the memories and also the spirit of his husband alive. I know for me, photos/videos are so important for that. Have you thought about writing down some of your memories, maybe combining your words with the photos? I'm not ready to do that yet, but hope I'll do that at some point in the future.
Usually I would have stayed in bed until probably noon on the holiday (why get up and prolong another nightmarish day)...but the kitty started meowing from upstairs, I decided to slowly take my new pup up there. Then we all sat on the floor for a while, Kira inching closer and closer to the doggie until she sniffed her. I even managed to feed both of them at the same time at close proximity. Now Kira is on her sunny perch looking down at Kenzie who is staring at her from the floor. Making progress. But the sadness persists that I have a new pup in the first place because Wen is not with me anymore. Plus I just learned yesterday that good friends of ours are going to have a baby in the summer (close to Wen's b'day) and she was so looking forward to becoming the baby's "aunty" (in anticipation that it would happen one day). Emotions running high for me...My heart breaking all over again...
Hi there Kirsten,
I did do something nice for myself. I got out in the yard and trimmed some palms. I like doing outside yard work and the day was so pretty for being outdoors. Don't worry about the crying less part. I am also doing a lot less of crying. It will come in spurts now instead of constantly. My therapist tells me that is part of the body's way of handling high stress situations. I found myself trying not to cry and avoiding at all costs. She told me not to do that either. But, to allow the crying to come. She suggested to allow the tears to flow but to tell myself this is "OK" and to place hands on my body where I was comfortable with it such as on my shoulders in a hug position. So, while crying, think to yourself, I am being kind to myself while I grieve. Somehow I am not making sense of this like she did but it did help when I cried the other day. Mind you, it was not the hours long ordeal I had previously been experiencing before. So, I am glad for that. And, yes, I do have the deep sadness. I'm not sure yet if that ever goes away. Here is one of my fears.... My dad passed in 1990 and that was really hard for me. Now, I rarely think of him. I don't want Judy's memory to fade to that. I am so fearful of that happening. Sometimes I purposely look at pictures, talk to her, listen to music that I know will remind me of her just to keep her more in the present tense. How is that new pup and you getting along?
Dear Janet, I'm so sorry too hear that you were having a "fit" and no one checked in with you. With the new pup, I just kind of ignored V.day. Wen and I never celebrated it anyway because it's been so commercialized. Did you do anything good for yourself? I know that I often plan on doing something good, like going out with friends or getting a message (I still have 5 gift certificates waiting for me) but then I always back out at the last minute and just can't do it. The pain of doing anything without Wen is just too much. On the other hand, I'm almost envious of you having a crying spell. I feel like I've been crying less this past week - even though I did have my crying spells certainly - but with the new pup and all that stress, I cried less. And it feels weird, kind of wrong, do you know what I mean? It's like it's only been 8 weeks and I'm able to go long stretches without crying. How can that be? But then there's just this silent pain deep deep inside me...Have you had that?
Here it is the night before Valentine's Day. I am just having a 'fit'. No one has checked on me today on either side of the family nor any of my friends. Just got done having a crying spell and feel really angry at the world right now. So, I guess I'm supposed to feel better because I have somewhere to air out my grievances. So, to any of you who have no one to turn to tomorrow, know that I am telling you to have a nice Valentine's Day. Be nice to yourself. Go for a walk in the park, catch a movie, indulge in chocolates, or grab a starbucks. And, yes, I intend to just that for me!
Kirsten, glad to know you had a somewhat better week. I think the idea of a dog is really good. I considered getting one myself but, nixed the idea because I was Judy's caretaker for about 9 months. From the time she began to really feel sick, finally getting a diagnosis in May and up to her passing in October. I just felt like I did not want the responsibility of taking care of anything except me for awhile. Hopefully, you two will bond very well. And kudos on the meal train. That is also a really problematic area for me.
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